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About the Author
Bob DuCharme (http://www.snee.com/bob) is a solutions architect at TopQuadrant, a provider of software for modeling, developing, and deploying semantic web applications. He came to TopQuadrant from Innodata Isogen, where he did system and architecture analysis and design for a wide range of global publishing clients as well as cochairing the 2008 Linked Data Planet conference in New York City. Earlier in his career, he oversaw SGML and XML development at Moody's Investors Service and then moved on to LexisNexis, where he did data and systems architecture as they made the transition to XML-based systems.
In the XML.com newsletter, editor Kendall Clark once wrote “Does anyone write tech prose as clear as Bob?” Bob is the author of Manning Publications’ “XSLT Quickly,” Prentice Hall’s “XML: The Annotated Specification” and “SGML CD,” and McGraw Hill’s “Operating Systems Handbook.” He's written over 70 pieces for XML.com and has contributed to Dr. Dobb’s Journal, IBM developerWorks, Nodalities, DevX, perl.com, XML Magazine, XML Journal, XML Developer, O’Reilly Books’ “XML Hacks,” and Prentice Hall’s “XML Handbook.” Bob received his BA in Religion fromColumbia University and his Master’s in Computer Science from New York University. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Jennifer and their daughters Madeline and Alice.
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The first examples are quite simple for those who alreay uses RDF or SPARQL, but it's really good as they can be used from beginners to actually understand concepts like triples, uri, named graphs, and how to use them.
This edition covers SPARQL 1.1 which introducts improvements on the "CRUD-like" part, evolving what was started with SPARQL update.
The examples are developed using ARQ and the turtle format, but you can easily play them using another triplestores with other serializations.
I used SPARQL since some years, and found this book a must have as a reference too.
I think recent developments (e.g. Commercial grade triplestores, SPARQL 1.1, JSON-LD, RDFa, Schema.org, the BBC, etc.) are clearly demonstrating that the underlying technology is genuinely mature enough now - but the problem of *explaining* the underlying concepts and ideas, and how to apply them as a work-a-day developer, still remains.
I found the book 'The Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist' ([...] to be a giant leap forward in filling this gap - but this book by Bob DuCharme finally gave rise to my Eureka! moment for *working with RDF as a developer*. This book almost completely ignores any 'theory' behind RDF, instead jumping straight into just-using-it. As you work through the very simple early examples, Bob brilliantly demonstrates practical benefits of using RDF to model your data, and then it's a no-brainer to understand why you'd use SPARQL to query that data.
So not only would I highly recommend this book for someone wanting to learn SPARQL - I'd recommend it to anyone who simply wants to understand what RDF is, why you should consider it, or to understand the potential of the Semantic Web (or Linked Data) in general.
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