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Java and XML by Brett McLaughlin

Johannes de Jong

Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
<pre>Author/s : Brett McLaughlin
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : Other
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 9 horseshoes
The first edition of this book was considered one of the best on the subject of Java and XML. This new edition has expanded to include the developments in Java and XML over the last year. The author gives a little less handholding on the basics of XML reducing a three chapter introduction in the first edition to a one chapter summary. SAX, DOM, and JDOM all are covered in detail with each topic getting an introduction and an advanced chapter. JAXP 1.1 is covered in sufficient detail. After the introduction to the basic Java/XML APIs, the author moves on to some other interesting topics.
The chapters on web publishing frameworks and XML-RPC haven’t changed much since the first edition. New chapters on SOAP, Web Services, and content syndication are welcome additions. The book ends with a look at data binding and JAXB.
The examples in the book are extremely clear and concise, explaining each topic well without being overly simplistic. As with the first edition, the author assumes that you are familiar with Java but unlike the first edition he assumes you have a basic understanding of XML.
If you are a Java developer and you are going to be working with XML then this book is required reading. The coverage of the Java/XML APIs is excellent. As for the other topics, it is a good introduction but for anyone working with SOAP or Web Services, other books will be required.
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[ January 06, 2002: Message edited by: Johannes de Jong ]
Fei Ng
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 1242
yeah.. a good book!
I think it is great for working with Java and xml.
But if you are new to XML you should get a beginner XML first even if you are good at Java.
A must read for me!
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