From the Back Cover
Essential Skills for First-Time Programmers
Learn the basics of XML programming by following the steps and examples in this easy-to-use resource. XML: A Beginner's Guide covers fundamental concepts, including XML syntax, DTDs, schemas, namespaces, and the characteristics of a well-formed XML document. The book moves on to explain SMIL, XML-based Web sites, the Document Object Model (DOM), creating Access and SQL Server 2000 databases, XSL, and implementing wireless e-commerce solutions. To speed your progress, the source code for all examples is available free online. Get started programming in XML right away with this self-paced, step-by-step learning solution.
This Beginner's Guide is Designed for Easy Learning:
Each programming concept is divided into logical modules (chapters), ideal for individualized learning
Each module opens with the specific programming skills you'll have by the END of the module
-Ask the Experts
Q&A sections throughout are filled with extra information and interesting commentary
Quick self-assessment sections to check your progress
Example code annotated with commentary that points to the particular technique illustrated
Coding exercises contained in each module show how to apply what you are learning
Mastery Checks END-of-module reviews that test your knowledge using short-answer, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and simple coding questions
About the Author
Lisa Rein (Seattle, WA) is an independent consultant and freelance technology writer and Contributing Editor for XML.com. Rein has had extensive experience devising and explaining standards-based strategies. Rein also maintains her own XML resource site at http://www.finetuning.com. Rein has written for print and online publications including Wired News, the IEEE's Internet Computing Magazine, Web Techniques, Web Review, Software Development Magazine, Hewlett-Packard's E-business, MaxPC Magazine, and NetscapeWorld. She created the XML curriculum for Bellevue Community College.