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How much time do you spend to finish this book ?

Chart Krobtragolchai

Joined: Apr 01, 2006
Posts: 17
Hello Sas Jacobs,

I would like to ask you some questions about this book.

My question is "How much time do you spend to finish the Beginning XML with DOM and Ajax: From Novice to Professional (456 pages) ?".

Please also tell me your inspiration to write this book.

There have been many books about XML and AJAX already in the market such as Head Rush AJAX. Why I should buy your book ?

About my profile, I am a java developer in Thailand.
I have 4 Java Certifications - SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, and SCJWSD.

I write the "Talui* Java Web Services" book (Thai Language) to help the Java programmer in Thailand to learn the Java Web Services Technology.

*Talui in Thai means "Discovery".

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Chart K.
Sas Jacobs
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Joined: Jun 24, 2006
Posts: 46
Hi Chart

I'll try to answer your questions.

The book took me about 3 months to write. I started just before Christmas last year. There were also two months of editing and proof reading at the end. I can't belive how many times I reread each chapter :-) As an author, I'm sure you've experienced the same thing.

I wrote the book because I spoke to a lot of developers who weren't sure about XML and how they could use it in their applications. I wanted to provide a one stop reference and introduction to all things XML. I was also aware that a lot of the books around were a little dated and didn't address the latest browsers and scripting techniques.

I guess I see my book as a good introduction to XML. It gives readers a taste of everything including DOM scripting, Ajax and Flash. It's not specifically about one aspect of XML so it makes a good starting point before reading a book like Head Rush Ajax.

Out of interest, my book Foundation XML and Flash was published by friendsofed last year. It goes into detail about the Flash side of XML.


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