XML for Dummies, Third Edition
||Author: Ed Tittel, Ed, et al. Tittel|
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Publisher: For Dummies (01 May, 2002)
Sales Rank: 69,549
Average Customer Rating: 1.83 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Excellent Intro to XML
This book makes for a very good intoduction to XML, it points out the basics, and thats all you really need to know, XML is very simple. Most the critics who gave this book low reviews, were looking for a book on XML web services, and such. Please do not expect to learn that from this book.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Should be Called XML Jargon Instead
The author may know his stuff. In fact, he may know it too well to teach it, as this book is full of terms and acronyms that are used within the text before being fully explained. You'll find yourself re-reading everything four times, trying to remember the difference between elements and entities, XSL and XML. Clearly the author loves the new technology and wants you to as well, but he doesn't explain it very well. Get XML Step By Step from MS Press if you want to actually learn this stuff.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Take with a large grain of salt.
If you know absolutely nothing about XML, this book will give you one person's perspective of the topic landscape, but don't take it as gospel. Like most other "for Dummies", books this one also lacks competent editing. Direct contradictions can be found within three paragraphs of each other. The Glossary is perfunctory. The web site does not provide errata as advertised. One superficial quick read is all this book deserves and at the lowest "used" book price.
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