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XML: A Beginner's Guide: Go Beyond the Basics with Ajax, XHTML, XPath 2.0, XSLT 2.0 and XQuery [Kindle Edition]

Steven Holzner

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Essential Skills--Made Easy!

Get started programming in XML right away with help from this hands-on tutorial. XML: A Beginner's Guide explains how to store data in and retrieve data from XML documents, format data with Cascading Style Sheets, display data in Web browsers, and use Java and JavaScript. The book covers the latest innovations in XML, including Ajax, XHTML, XPath 2.0, XSLT 2.0, and the new XQuery specification. Now it's easier than ever to learn how to create your own XML solutions!

Designed for Easy Learning:

  • Key Skills & Concepts--Lists of specific skills covered in the chapter
  • Try This--Hands-on exercises that show how to apply your skills
  • Numerous screenshots--Examples that illustrate real-world results
  • Annotated Syntax--Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated

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About the Author

Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 computer books, including PHP: The Complete Reference. His books have sold more than two million copies, and have been translated into 23 languages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5416 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (17 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #675,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve Holzner, PhD, received his undergraduate graduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD at Cornell University. He also taught Physics at Cornell University for over ten years and is the author of Physics For Dummies, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Physics Workbook For Dummies and Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A shocker 5 Aug. 2010
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This book is a dreadful mix of repetitive, redundant code chunks and a strained chatty style of writing. It will leave most readers determined never to go near XML again. Indeed, nowhere in the book are reasons why you would wish to use it. But worse is that the book focuses on Internet Explorer exclusively, including Active-X and Microsoft's non-standard brand of the DOM. Under the aegis of XHTML Transitional it introduces beginners to the likes of the "popular" <font> tag with all its long-deprecated attributes, not to mention many other deprecated tags, inline JavaScript event handlers, and other aspects more suited to the state of markup in 1999 than to 2009 - the year of publication.

During the course of the book there is no signal to the reader that this or that code approach is proprietary and not standard. If beginners wish to learn standards-compliant, interoperable code and where and why you might want to deploy it, they should give this book a wide berth.

I'm sorry to have to write a negative review - rare for me.
2.0 out of 5 stars No real help for XQuery 26 Feb. 2014
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With "Go Beyond the Basics with ... XQuery" in its title, I was hoping the book would provide details on how to use XQuery. Unfortunately, the book devotes only six pages to the subject, almost three of which are just a list of functions (i.e., no actual analysis or demonstrations on how to use them). I have not reviewed the rest of the book, but if you're looking for help with XQuery, this is not the source.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on XML 1 Oct. 2011
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I found the book easy to read and informative. The code is simple but get the point across. The writing style is conversational, but I like that in a book. Moreover, it is not Microsoft centric as some have suggested. I have read over a dozen XML books and I found that this was the best one so far.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all levels of experience 3 Mar. 2010
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I highly recommend this title. There is something for everyone regardless of your level of expertise.
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