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  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press,U.S.; Pap/Dskt edition (1 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735605629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735605626
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,933,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Currently, XML is a bubbling cauldron of expectations and implementations. In XML in Action, William J. Pardi gives you a feel for what Microsoft is throwing into the mix by providing a general introduction to XML, with a focus on Internet Explorer 5.0's implementation in particular. Not surprisingly, the book opens up with a discussion of markup languages, the need for an extensible solution such as XML, and a taste for some of the associated languages currently critical to XML. The text then moves into the structure of XML documents, presenting the many XML terms and explaining how Document Type Definition (DTD) enforces the rules that govern XML implementations. The book illustrates how to script XML and how to use it to build data structures--a major advantage of XML and an important skill for Web developers. The author also discusses the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), a special formatting dialect for use with XML, and the special linking capabilities of XML, focusing on Xlink and Xpointer. Pardi illustrates several other advanced aspects of XML and documents the XML Object Model. A companion CD includes e-text of the book, content and code samples and links to XML resources online. While this title is written through the eyes of Microsoft, it provides an excellent introduction to the possibilities and realities of XML. --Stephen W. Plain

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is great if you use IE5 and you want to understand XML quickly. The author really focuses on the language and syntax, not really on implementation (I would have picked a different title). But the examples are clear and you get a lot on the CD. If you're new to XML and you want hands on exposure to some of the different XML technologies, this is one 'must have' in your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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Chapter 1 -3 are interesting. However, few examples are provided, and the content is real weak on syntax. I feel gipped, but hey, you will get plenty of screen clips containing the IE browser! The CD lacks useful examples as well and is poorly documented as to its use or content. If you are looking for a book on using XML outside the web, you will not find it here.
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By A Customer on 24 July 1999
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This book su**s. After reading the first couple of chapters, I thought it was great. Then it got way worse. Actual syntax gets almost no coverage. This leaves the reader to puzzle out the syntax from the examples. Unfortunately, the examples contain numerous mistakes. Also, Microsoft is apparently attempting to hijack XML just like it's trying to hijack Java and the Web in general. This book functions as a propaganda organ in that campaign. The section on data typing is a case in point. There is a bit of a disclaimer in there, but it's impossible to tell what is MS-specific and what isn't. Finally, the book makes almost no distinction between what is and is not codified. I had expected to read all about namespaces and URNs in the XML spec. Nooope. Experimental.
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By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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As a fledgling in the concepts of internet technology and computer science, I am very glad to have found Mr. Pardi's book on XML.
I've read the first three chapters of his book (I've only had the book for one day), and already I feel as if I've spent my money well. In fact, I've also just ordered his book on DHTML.
If it's written as clearly and informatively as his XML book, I am certain I'll have an excellent and practical background upon which I can start applying some of the truly exciting and revolutionary technologies available today.
Well, it's time for me to go... I've still got eight more chapters to read!
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By A Customer on 1 Sept. 1999
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First, I'm neither a Microsoft basher or part of their rally squad. I pay for my references so I'm as critical as anyone about quality.
The Pardi book gives you a good introduction to much of the alphabet soup that currently swirls around XML and related technologies.
The book's focus is on one implementation, the IE5 browser. It is not an academic lecture, a rehash of W3C specifications or an overview of everything. However, if you learn by getting your hands dirty, this is a great place to start.
The book has generous W3C and other references so it's not hard to get into details when you feel you're grounded.
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By A Customer on 27 July 1999
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First few chapters are an excellent introduction to XML and how it is used although much is pulled from the Microsoft web site. Subsequent chapters are lacking in technical detail. In particular, the syntax is not discussed in detail and the reader is forced to derive it from the examples. The accompanying CD contains very few useful XML examples although the MS XML parser is included (exe, no source code). The CD also includes Micorsoft marketing materials as well as a web development toolkit with DHTML, background, clip-art and the like which although interesting to some, is off the subject of XML.
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I did not like this book. It was a waste of money as far as I am concerned. There is not enough of an overview at the beginning, and the author quickly buries you with DTDs and JavaScript examples without very clear explanations. XLinks are one of the most important features of XML and they are not even mentioned until Chapter 7. There was very little in this book that I did not find on the web at w3c or xml.org. There is another book "Just XML", by John Simpson that I have only glanced through, but it appears to be much better organized and focused than this book. Sorry William.
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By A Customer on 31 Mar. 1999
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I thought this was an excellent book on getting started with XML and XML technologies. It starts by covering the basics of XML and goes into many of the new technologies such as XSL, XSL Patterns, and XML-Data. The code samples are easy to understand, and make for good examples. There is also an overview of some newer technologies like VML and SMIL. The book is focused on the IE 5 XML parser, but that *is* the best one out there, at least for now.
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