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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (24 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764549863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764549861
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The emergence of XML is having an enormous impact on Web development and scaling the learning curve of this new technology is a priority for many developers. The XML Bible offers a superb introduction to the subject and the groundwork to understand XML's future developments.

Author Elliotte Rusty Harold uses a patient, step-by-step discussion that clearly points out the potential of XML without boring his readership with tons of SGML spec-speak. Harold opens quickly with a "Hello Worl d" example to get the reader coding early, and follows that with a simple but powerful example of XML's data management benefits--presenting baseball statistics. Once you've coded your first XML documents, you'll be hooked on the technology and motivated to learn about the more sophisticated topics.

Style sheet languages are covered comprehensively to illustrate the presentation possibilities and pitfalls. An unusually long list of real-life XML applications also shows how XML is already being used, and there is in-depth coverage of the Resource Description Framework, Channel Definition Format and Vector Markup Language. The book wraps up with a section that helps you design your own XML application from scratch.

Putting the word bible in a title is a bold move, but this engaging and informative guide rightly claims that declaration. --Stephen W. Plain,

Topics covered: XML background, example XML applications, type definitions (DTDs), style languages, Xlinks, Xpointers, Namespaces, application planning, and XML 1.0 specification. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The XML Bible provides complete coverage on all XML–related topics and will be an essential resource for any developer." Sean Rhody, Technical Editor, XML Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ALW Hedges on 6 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is not for the beginner or the faint-hearted. WHilst it got me up and running with the ideas behind XML, you only have to look at the thickness of the book to be intimidated!
It is not the sort of book to cuddle up to for a bed-time read. It is also not really recommended if you know nothing about XML. It is recommended if you need a reference book.
It would seem to me that if you asked the author to write 10,000 words about the colour blue, he would be able to do it without breaking into a sweat.
Every aspect is covered. The detail the author goes into can either be praised for being thorough or criticised for being too verbose. What happened to the idea of telling you what you need to know and leaving out the bits you don't need? The huge section about Unicode did for me. I read about one inch, every word, but when he started on Unicode, I found myself less and less enthusiastic to continue, to the point of putting the book down.
Buy this book if you want a ference book. Don't buy it if you want an easy to follow step by step guide to XML. There's bound to be better books than this for doing that.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Walter Vassallo (an IT student) on 13 Mar. 2002
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I'm a third year student following a degree in I.T. I am well accustomed to programming as well as learning.
I found the book to be very slow moving and repetitive at times. The same concept is presented about three times in different ways. While comprehensive, the book is too much verbose and you have to read a whole chapter to be able to grasp some basic concepts. I was not at all troubled with the fact that the author uses Baseball statistics as examples. The idea is that large ammounts of data need to be formatted (although I did get confused at times). Also, I was not put back by the massive size of the book(6cm/2.5in wide). Maybe that's because I'm used to massive books. I was put back by the MSWord-like font though (Times New Roman). It is readable but does not look professional to me. Moreover, by now the technology has changed a bit. The book was written in early 2001 (a year ago) and is based on late 1999 standards. It would be better to buy a more recent book since XML, XSL...have been moving fst lately.
That's all I guess, my suggestion is:
If you are a slow learner and new to the computing area this is a very good book for you. It is comprehensive and extensive, covering all the important XML technology in a relatively straight forward manner.
On the other hand, if you are searching for a good book which will get you through XML/XSL... quickly and already have a prorgamming background do yourself a favour, do not buy this book...
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2001
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This book is quite good for a none programmer. However, to much blah blah for people who have experienced programming,the examples are huge and most of them talk about baseball which I really start to hate since reading this book, but well explained though, you can tell by the size it. Well if you are a quick reader, that's the book for you and it has a lot of useful stuff but not for people who suffer from heart attack.
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137 of 144 people found the following review helpful
The best XML book I've seen so far. 1 Feb. 2000
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This book is terrific, and if you want to learn about using XML in web sites I recommend that you buy it.
XML books are, on the whole, pretty lousy. Everyone keeps talking about how XML will transform the web, but most books are thin on specifics -- exactly how XML will be used, and exactly how to make things happen. I've seen other reviews here from people who feel that this book doesn't do a good enough job of explaining those things. But I think that compared to its competition, it does an excellent job.
XML is new, and it's not in widespread use. As I write this, the only popular browser with solid XML support is IE5, and I guess that most people don't want to write sites that only work with one browser. But if you go to the XML site at and look at the table of contents, you'll get an idea of what XML can do, and why you'll want to learn it.
The book is well written and its a pleasure to spend time with it. The author knows as much about writing as he does about computers, and he knows a lot about computers. The explanations of XML are clear and conversational in tone. The focus is on using XML in web sites, and the book gives a lot of needed attention to XSL, the style sheet language used to format XML docments for the web. I've read other XML books, and I bought this one primarily to learn more about XSL.
The title of the book might be somewhat misleading. It is not a comprehensive guide to XML, but rather a best of breed tutorial on a very important chunk of XML stuff you'll want to learn. One reviewer pointed out that it's a poor reference book, and that's true, in a sense. There is an XML reference in an appendix, but it's an ultra-geeky BNF reference that probably won't be very helpful to most readers, especially given the book's non-programmer target audience.
A more serious problem is the book's neglect of Microsoft's XML schema technology, which is far superior, in my view, to DTDs. The word "schema" doesn't even appear in the index. And finally, this is not the book you want to buy if you want to learn how to program a java XML parsing engine. This is not a book about programming.
So why do I give this book five stars? It's fun to read and it's great at explaining XML itself, as well as a number of vital, connected technologies: XSL, DTDs, CSS, CSL, XLinks, and XPointers. I was fuzzy on XSL, XLinks, and XPointers, and this book helped me a lot. Those are exactly the things you need to know to get a XML site up and running on the web.
XML is a big, important technology, and I don't think there's a single book that covers everything you'll want to know. This book, despite the "Bible" title, doesn't try to cover everything. But what it does cover, it covers very well.
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, Functional Introduction to XML 8 Nov. 1999
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This book gives one of the better introductions to XML I've seen. Rather than limiting the scope to a simple overview of the concepts, Elliote Rusty Harold incorporates useful examples that allow the reader to begin experimenting with XML right away. The book is not going to get a beginner coding e-commerce solutions using XML. For that kind of work further reading is definately required. But this book does cover all the neccessary concepts to get started and does a better job than most explaining XSL - the key to actually using your XML documents. I'd highly reccommend this title as a starter to anyone's XML collection.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Not so much a Bible as a Book of Genesis 15 Aug. 2000
By Terence P Hutt - Published on
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I'm going to start out by saying I'm glad I bought this book. It's a good introduction to XML. The early chapters on XML and DTDs are very good. They got me up to speed quickly so I could explain to my managers why our company should pursue XML and what the benefits will be.
The chapters on CSS-1 and CSS-2 were excellent and very useful even for writing regular HTML. Overall, the first 13 chapters were just what I needed.
Coverage of XSL was weaker and, in many respects, inadequate. The book never really discusses XPaths in enough detail. I thought the chapter on namespaces was too late in the book. The book is fleshed out with exceptionally long examples that added little value past the first few lines.
The chapter on reading a DTD (chapter 20) was a good idea, poorly executed. The complexity of the DTD selected by the author was totally inappropriate for the level of this book, even if the DTD was extremely well written.
The author never covers schema construction, and only briefly mentions them at all. Given their superiority over DTDs, this was a glaring error.
I was also disappointed by the lack of instruction on how to move XML across the Internet between applications. XML that never leaves the system it was constructed on is of little value.
Many of these problems are caused by the age of the book. It's over a year old now which, in XML terms, makes it yesterdays news. Now that this book has got me excited about XML, I'm off to find some more.
58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Very useful and interesting book .. 31 Aug. 1999
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This is one of the best books on XML, infact THE best, that I have seen so far. Though this book does not cover programming with XML, it does a great job at explaining XML documents, DTDs, CSS and XSL. I am not the kind of guy who can read a technical book from cover to cover, but this book was a cool exception. ERH is a great author and reading through his book was like reading through a novel. There were lots of examples and they were very illustrative. After reading this book, you may not become an expert in using XML parsers with Java or Perl, but you definitely can write your own XML documents, DTDs, Cascading style sheets and XSL. If you are new to XML, this could be a very good first book to read. If you are a baseball fan, you will enjoy the book more because ERH goes about developing an XML document for baseball leagues throughout the course of the book. The examples start out easy and gradually blow up in size. Each concept is clearly explained before it is used and there were very less forward references anywhere. I hope ERH writes another book for Java/XML programmers. He is one author who consistently delivers great stuff.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
An excellent introduction to XML. 30 Nov. 1999
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Great examples and references. The CDROM is packed with utilities, browsers and source code. An easy writing style makes this book easy to read and technically acurate. Real world examples actually let you start writing style sheets and documents in the first few chapters. I'll post another feedback when I finish the book. So far I am very pleased.
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