XML Book Reviews
 
There are two introductory books to XML that have the following identical virtues. First, they are fairly current; second they both are fairly comprehensive in their coverage of XML and third they have lots of usable examples of working with XML. XML Learning by Example by Robert Mellor covers the following topics: XML tags, CSS1 and 2, XHTML, DOM, XMLNS, XPath, XSLT, DTD, Schemas, XLink, XPointer and DSO. Lacking only Web Services - this is a broad coverage of XML with sample code available at the publishers website. The example exercises include Java, Unix, ASP plus a number of database variations. These are very relevant tasks backed by good explanations of the basic XML methods. And at $15, this book does not break the budget but does provide outstanding value.
XMLSPY Handbook by Larry Kim is normally not the kind of book we like to recommend because its tied to a specific vendors software. However, in the proces of explaining Altova's leading XML development tools Larry Kim takes readers through all of the latest XML hoops including:
* Using XML Schema, XPath/Xpointers, XSL/XSLT,
* Putting XML fundamentals, DTDs, and Schemas to work
* Creating XML-enabled Web sites using XHTML and direct XML
* Building Schemas and Web Services using SOAP and WSDL
* Integrating with SQL Server, Oracle, and Tamino (Adabas' XML database)
* Using XMLSPY projects and other utilities
* Developing XML content-management systems
* Formatting XML and debugging XSLT stylesheets
For $28 on Amazon users get a 60 day trial version of the Enterprise edition of XMLSPY 5 with exercises that are state of the art including SOAP and WSDL Web Services.
 
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