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REVIEW: "XML in a Nutshell", Elliotte Rusty Harold/W. Scott Means

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKXMLNSH.RVW 20010715 XML in a Nutshell , Elliotte Rusty Harold/W. Scott Means, 2001, 0-596-00058-8, U$29.95/C$43.95 %A Elliotte Rusty Harold
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 17, 2001
      BKXMLNSH.RVW 20010715

      "XML in a Nutshell", Elliotte Rusty Harold/W. Scott Means, 2001,
      0-596-00058-8, U$29.95/C$43.95
      %A Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@...
      %A W. Scott Means smeans@...
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 2001
      %G 0-596-00058-8
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$29.95/C$43.95 800-998-9938 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %P 480 p.
      %T "XML in a Nutshell"

      As usual, the Nutshell book contains pretty much all you need to know
      about XML, the eXtensible Markup Language.

      Part one covers XML concepts and basics, with an introduction, the
      fundamentals of XML structure and syntax, an outline of document type
      definitions (DTDs), a review of the idea of namespaces for definition
      sharing, and a look at the provisions for internationalization. The
      material is clear: it may be sparse in some places, but anyone with an
      intermediate technical background should be able to follow the theory.
      Part two explains XML from a narrative document perspective, starting
      with a very lucid explanation of the conceptual roots in SGML
      (Standard Generalized Markup Language) and then moving to the new
      protocols with XHTML (eXtensible HyperText Markup Language), XSL
      (eXtensible Stylesheet Language) for style sheet creation and XSLT for
      document transformations, XPath for compound documents, XLinks for
      link definition and creation, XPointer (a kind of search function for
      non-indexed documents), and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and XSL for
      document output. Non-narrative, or data oriented, documents are
      explained in Part three, with reviews of XML as a data format,
      programming models, the Document Object Model (DOM), and SAX (the
      Simple API [Application Programming Interface] for XML).

      All of this material is, in a sense, mere preface. The heart of the
      books of the Nutshell series is the reference section. Still, the
      foregoing chapters are definitely useful for anyone starting out with
      XML, since XML is subject to a great deal of hype, and not very much
      hard explanation. Parts two and three, particularly, help to sort out
      the various pieces of the XML puzzle.

      Part four, though, is up to the usual Nutshell reference standard,
      with chapters on XML 1.0, XPath, XSLT, DOM, SAX, and the various
      character sets, including Unicode.

      For those working with XML a valuable resource, and for those starting
      out an invaluable guide.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2001 BKXMLNSH.RVW 20010715

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