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Essential XML Quick Reference: A Programmer's Reference to XML,  XPath, XSLT, XML Schema, SOAP, and More
Essential XML Quick Reference: A Programmer's Reference to XML, XPath, XSLT, XML Schema, SOAP, and More (Paperback)
by Aaron Skonnard (Author), Martin Gudgin (Author)
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This book is for anyone working with today's mainstream XML technologies. It was specifically designed to serve as a handy but thorough quick reference that answers the most common XML-related technical questions. It goes beyond the traditional pocket reference design by providing complete coverage of each topic along with plenty of meaningful examples. Each chapter provides a brief introduction, which is followed by the detailed reference information. This approach assumes the reader has a basic understanding of the given topic. The detailed outline (at the beginning), index (in the back), bleeding tabs (along the side), and the page headers/footers were designed to help readers quickly find answers to their questions.

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Even the most experienced XML developer needs a reference guide with essential information and quick answers to the questions and problems that inevitably arise. ESSENTIAL XML QUICK REFERENCE is the most comprehensive and authoritative book available. Covering all of XML, as well as many related protocols and technologies, this book provides a handy, one-stop resource to XML syntax, usage, and programming techniques. Compiled and written by two leading XML authorities, the book provides complete coverage of all relevant topics. Each chapter provides a topic overview, explanations of various elements, and several meaningful examples. ESSENTIAL XML QUICK REFERENCE is specifically designed for easy access, with a detailed table of contents, a thorough index, and side chapter tabs to help you quickly locate the information you need. This combination of comprehensive information, plentiful examples, and easy access make this book a required resource for XML developers.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful:

Excellent when you just need a reminder, December 1, 2001
Reviewer:Charles Ashbacher "(" (Marion, Iowa United States( - See all my reviews
In my home office, there is a special shelf within reach of my desk where I place those select books that are in highest demand. After I completed reading this one, it went right to that shelf. While the explanations are short, they are detailed enough to be useful and the coverage is complete. Code examples are used to illustrate most of the commands and they are well-constructed, succinct without being simple. You will not learn the components of XML by reading this book. However, if your need is for a reference that is a reminder, then this is the book for you.

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Top-Notch Reference Material, September 16, 2002
Reviewer:Jim Christopher (Charlotte, NC United States) - See all my reviews
This is the most useful XML technology reference I've come across. I do own several books on this stuff ( including the droning and disjointed Professional XML from Wrox ), and this is the only one I ever need to take off the shelf.

This is a concise and tight little reference book; examples are present, albeit short ones they do get the point across. The book's layout and organization make it easy to find information, and the typesetting offers enough contrast to let you scan a page quickly to locate the information you need. There is just a little background information on each technology - probably not enough to bootstrap yourself into a project without at least a little XML knowledge under your belt. It's a reference book, so if you already know what XML ( or XML-Schema, SOAP, SAX, or the DOM ) is you'll get the most leverage off of this book.

Overall a great book to own if you're working on XML-related projects - especially if you've got a basic understanding of XML technologies and don't require the slow pace most books use to ease you into the technology like a old man getting into a bath. :)

Highly recommended.

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Broad but Shallow, March 26, 2007
Reviewer:D. Nulton (Austin, TX) - See all my reviews
This is a reference book. It's not intended to read, but rather provide quick reference to just about any XML related topic. Unfortunately, the examples are very short and don't provide a great deal of insite. My next task is to look for a reference book that does provide useful examples -- I hope one exists.

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a great book to have at your side while coding, January 10, 2005
Reviewer:David Douglass (Bloomingdale, NJ) - See all my reviews
Who can remember all the little details surrounding XML? This book is a great summery of the most important XML technologies. It isn't a tutorial, it isn't for beginners, it's for "What's the name of that XPath function that removes excess spaces?" (normalize-space). Highly recommended for finding answers fast.

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easy to use and very useful, May 5, 2004
Reviewer:Ben Pilantro (NYC, USA) - See all my reviews
Keeping in mind that this is a "quick" reference, this book is organised well and very easy to use. When learning XML I had it by my side many times and almost always found what I was looking for. My only comment for improvement would be a more comprehensive index and maybe some a more suitable cover design (I am constantly pointing people to the text on the cover in order to convice them this is a book about XML).

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

The single most essential xml book I own, December 31, 2003
Reviewer:John Madden (Chapel Hill, NC United States) - See all my reviews
This isn't a "textbook" of xml -- if you want a guided introductory tutorial, look elsewhere. But if you're anything like me, once you've got past the intro stage, you need a good memory-jogger and "explain-that-to-me-quick-just-one-more-time" resource at your side while you're working on a project. That's what this book provides, and it does it brilliantly, insightfully, and without the endless, distracting and generally useless drivel of many xml books. The explanations unfailingly come right to the point, and it's rich with short, helpful examples. It's obvious the authors have really developed in the real world! There is no book on my xml shelf that gets more use (and collects less dust) than this one. Buy it and you'll be glad you did. (I'm on my second copy!)

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