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Best Book For XML?

 
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Dear ones ,
hi
can any one of you help me out with a recomendation of a cool book on XML that can even wake dumbest of a brain alive...
i mean that can take you from start to a racing position...
Regards
Azam
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I would actually start on some of the online tutorials-- you can find some good links to XML pages from here in the Ranch. Then, if you find you actually want to pursue the study, you can look for more advanced books. There are some real straightforward tutorials out there that will open the eyes of the most sleepy headed students.
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checkout the Bunkhouse, where you find reviews for some books
and if you intend to order thru javaranch, javaranch gets a
kickback. Thanks for helping javaranch.
http://www.javaranch.com/books.jsp
Thanks.
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All,
I've actually started working with XML/XSL on Nov. '99, before any book on this subject has been published. Since then I gathered together quite a library on this topic.
1. XML Bible - though someboody wrote quite nice things about this book, I find it a waste of time and money. You gotta be a baseball fan to keep truck of all his huge samples covering all of baseball statistics for the whole year. Hard to keep truck and his explanations are not very clear (plus, the book is huge).
2. XSLT by Kay - nice material covered completely as per latest releases of W3C. Serves better as a complimentary material (plus, the author actually made this material as intresting as reading of Air-conditioner User's Manual).
3. XML by example - one of the first books on the topic. Used to be good, now out-of-dated.(infortunatelly. Maybe, author already came up with new edition, I don't know.)
And finally, the champion:
4. Deitel&Deitel: XML How to program. Expensive($70.00), but gets it all covered. If you wanna get a job, ace IBM 140 test or just get a basic idea - get this book.
Good luck,
--Alex
[This message has been edited by Alex Ayzin (edited May 01, 2001).]
[This message has been edited by Alex Ayzin (edited May 01, 2001).]
 
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Oreilly is also great
http://xml.oreilly.com/
 
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I am really thankful to all of you folks, for helping a friend in such a +ve way...
thanX a lot again.
May Allah bless us all!
Azam Bukhari
sazam@email.com
azambukhari@hotmail.com
 
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Also, http://www.zvon.org/ is a good place to get an idea on the topic. It shows you how XSL applies on XML files and generates HTML output (with interactive display window for output). It's also has lot of tutorials.
Regards,
--Alex
 
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Aha. If to talk about on-line resources, how about Oscar ceremony for each nomination? Here is my personal list
XML:
annotated XML specification
XSLT:
Doing XPath and XSLT with Style
Jeni's XSLT Pages
XSLT Questions and Answers
DTD:
Structuring XML Documents, by David Megginson
CHAPTER 3: Ease of Learning
XMLWriter tutorial:
Shemas:
XML Schemas: Best Practice
Comparative Analysis of Six XML Schema Languages
Namespaces:
XML Namespaces FAQ
Humor
Gallery of Stupid XSL and XSLT Tricks
Object oriented programming in XSLT !!!
 
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BTW, XML Primer (now sure who's the author) is a great book on this topic as well.
Regards,
--Alex
 
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Azam,
Since the help is already overflowing I thought I would add the best resource I had encountered.
www.cetus-links.org/oo_xml.html
Of the links there, I really enjoyed www.xmlpatterns.com for some clear thoughts on xml document design. Thats just a side note.
Incidentally I read Inside XML which was good. I can't compare it with other books but it was a quality book I think. I don't know how competitve and high quality you want to become with XML but I don't think there is only one book that will do all that for you.
You only asked for one book recommendation and you've gotten a flood of suggestions! I hope that this satisfies your interest in getting started with XML!
Meadowlark Bradsher
 
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