Just checking in from out here in XML territory. I haven't been able to stop by very often, but I sneak a peak at work every now and again even though it's technically NOT ALLOWED. I've been working through Beginning XML by David Hunter, put out by Wrox. It's the best XML book I've found to date. I read through a couple of others, but they were out dated and were basically just 200 pages about what XML may be capable of doing someday. I MISS THE CATTLE DRIVE! And for anyone who may be pondering the benefits of signing up for nitpicking, I would like to give this testimonial: Before doing the cattle drive, I knew nothing at all about programming, and was trying to learn Java from books alone. It was extremely confusing and I wasn't getting very far on my own. Serendipity caused me to stumble on to JavaRanch one day while searching the web for tutorials on Java. THIS SINGLE EVENT CHANGED MY LIFE! (SERIOUSLY) I can discuss aspects of the programs we use at work with the software developers and not make a total fool of myself, and even make intelligent (almost) suggestions for improving/upgrading the programs. AND now I find I can continue study on my own without feeling totally lost. (Although I can't wait for the XML section of the drive to come out! I'm getting a new set of spurs when that happens!) I MISS YOU GUYS!
Hey Carol, great to hear from you. Hope you're having fun out there in the back 40 XML territories. At the rate I'm getting through JDBC (I'm back on the active list !!!) maybe there'll be some more assignments. Those withdrawal symptoms can be so annoying. as �se ldka o�doaskl oida adkl uh oh, some lingering shakes, better go.