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5.0 out of 5 stars The XML book you should own, 3 April 2004
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Thomas Paul (Plainview, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Effective XML: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your XML (Effective Software Development) (Paperback)
Imagine you are given the opportunity to ask one of the leading experts on XML 50 questions. And further imagine that this expert will answer those questions clearly and completely. You can stop imagining because Elliotte Rusty Harold has done exactly that in this book. Whether you are a relative newbie or an experienced XML developer, you will find useful information in this book. Should I use DOM or SAX? What's the right way to encode binary data? When should I use processing instructions? Should I use XML 1.1? Do I really need to parse my documents? This is just a random sample of the questions that Harold answers in this book. Every page contains valuable information. Harold is unusual in that even though he is an expert he still remembers what it is like to not know something. His explanations don't leave any blanks that you need to fill in. There are no jumps from point A to point Z without taking you through the points in between.
So who should buy this book? Anyone who has some knowledge of XML who is interested in working with XML the right way. Whether you are developing applications to process or create an XML document or whether you are simply designing an XML document you need to read this book. Once you understand the basics of XML, this book will take you to the next step of being able to work with XML effectively.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great compendium of XML best practises, 28 Feb 2004
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G. Gilmour (Belfast N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Effective XML: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your XML (Effective Software Development) (Paperback)
As with 'Effective C++' and 'Effective Java' this is a 'so you know how to use it - this is how you use it right' book.
The book does a great job of organising the presenting the 'folk wisdom' that most developers accumulate when they spend an extended period of time playing with XML/XSLT/DOM etc... I found it a very enjoyable read and wish I had it available when I started using XML in my projects.
Although definitely recommended to XML beginners and intermediates there isnt a lot here for experienced XML developers. There were several points where I felt there wasnt the level of detail I expected (for example XML + CSS), hence four stars rather than five.
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