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Charles F. Goldfarb's XML Handbook (4th Edition)
by Charles F. Goldfarb, Paul Prescod

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Employing a standards-based unified vocabulary, this handbook describes major trends, applications, and product categories, and how they relate to one another and to XML technology. The whopping 69 chapters cover such areas as content management, portals, publishing, databases, and web services. The fourth edition adds chapters on schemas, datatypes, and XSL. The CD-ROMs contain 175 free software packages.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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  • The proven XML resource: applications, products, technologies, and tutorials!
  • Revised and enlarged-latest standards and trends: schemas, datatypes, XSL, voice, wireless
  • Two CD-ROMs: 175 genuinely free software packages, including the IBM alphaWorks suite
  • Web services: SOAP, WSDL, UDDI

FREE Trial Version TurboXML IDE & Schema Editor

FREE NeoCore XMS Native XML DatabasePersonal Edition

100,000 copies in print


The proven resource for the Semantic Web and Web Services100,000 copies in six languages!

Developers, managers, consultants, and VCs rely on its technical accuracy, accessible writing style, and broad and deep coverage.

Learn XML

Start by learning what XML is, why it came to be, how it differs from HTML, and the handful of vital concepts that you must understand to apply XML quickly and successfullyin your business and in your code.


Experience XML through illustrated discussions of tools and applications: Web services, B2B, B2C, EDI, exchanges, e-commerce, integration, portals, content management, databases, conversion, syndication, telephony, wireless, customization, publication, presentation.

Master XML

Master the details from friendly, in-depth presentations: XML, schemas, DTDs, datatypes, XSLT, XSL-FO, XLink, XPath, XPointer, XSDL, namespaces, topic maps, RDF, SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, VoiceXML.

"This book is an excellent starting point where you can learn and experiment with XML. As the inventor of SGML, Dr. Charles F. Goldfarb is one of the most respected authorities on structured information." From the Foreword by Jean Paoli,
Microsoft XML architect and co-editor of the W3C XML specification

2 CD-ROMs: 175 no-time-limit FREE packages

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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 4th Bk&Cdr edition (December 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0130651982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 5 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #525,590 in Books
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      19 of 20 people found the following review helpful:

      Comprehensive and covers a waide array of topics, June 25, 2002
      Reviewer: Mike Tarrani "www.tarrani.com" (Deltona, FL USA) - See all my reviews
      At 1200 pages this book is probably one of the most complete references that one can have. It covers every conceivable topic, ranging from a good description of XML and how it evolved from SGML, to semantic web and web services (each of which are disciplines onto themselves).

      Expected topics are given in-depth treatment (XML, schemas, DTDs, datatypes, XSLT, XSL-FO, XLink, XPath, XPointer, XSDL, namespaces, topic maps, RDF, SOAP, UDDI, WSDL and VoiceXML), with a focus on the following:
      - integration of XML and the older EDI approaches to e-commerce and extended supply chain systems
      - a sound approach to content management
      - how XML fits into the web services framework
      - chapters on important topics such as portals, databases, content acquisition, conversion and publishing
      - a series of chapters devoted to tutorials on XML basics, schemas, and transformation and navigation protocols

      In addition this book comes with two CD ROMs that are packed with applications such as IBM's AlphaWorks suite and NeoCore XMS Native XML Database (Personal Edition). A trial version of TurboXML IDE & Schema Editor is also included among the 175 programs on the CD ROM set.

      This is an overwhelming book for beginners, but is a valuable resource for anyone who is deeply involved in web services, XML and related technologies. If you fit the latter category this is probably the only XML reference you'll need.

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      18 of 34 people found the following review helpful:

      More for managers than programmers, June 28, 2002
      Reviewer: T. Rourke "T J Rourke" (Huntsville, AL USA) - See all my reviews
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      This book does have a wide array of topics, but no depth. There is a lot of history, which is to be expected from a guy who invented something like SGML. It's a big and heavy book with little practical material. Mostly academic, historical, and weak on details. Many chapters were not written by the authors listed on the front, but by vendors, and some of their material looks like marketing BS.

      In a few places it mentions specific tools, but most of it is hand-waving, "this stuff can do everything in the world" sort of material. The tutorials are very sketchy, and the chapters on how to do DTDs and schemas are incomplete. The basic information about XML itself isn't even covered until you've plowed through 760 pages. A lot of theory and almost no practice - and the practice there is, is so basic and incomplete that it's not worth the effort to read.

      The two CD's contain mostly 30-day trial shovelware you could download off the web for free - not the "175 genuinely free software packages" touted on the front cover. A lot of those "175 packages" are in fact just W3C specifications. It's the kind of book you want on your shelf if you want others to think you're technical. If you don't know anything about XML and need some technical knowledge, go ahead and get it. If you are a programmer or anyone looking for details on things like schemas, DTDs and syntax, look elsewhere.

      A more useful, more concise and much cheaper alternative would be CodeNotes for XML, by Gregory Brill.

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      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

      Delivers on its promises, February 27, 2003
      Reviewer: Costantino Pipero (Baltimore, MD United States) - See all my reviews
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      It might not be enough for the code gurus, but then it all goes to the tools you're using: for example XML programming has different flavors if you're using .NET instead of Java.
      For documents, schemas, etcetera and to get you on a page with the standard this has all the information you need.
      It's a "handbook", a good one too.

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      21 of 22 people found the following review helpful:

      Full-spectrum Applications of XML, July 4, 2002
      Reviewer: Xiaofan LIN (San Jose, CA USA) - See all my reviews
      In this book you can find almost any applications of XML, including the latest development of Web services and VoiceXML.

      It's especially for students who want to look for a project/thesis topic on XML or CTOs who wish to understand the business various scenarios where XML can be applied.

      Admittedly, with 69 chapters in about 1100 pages, this book cannot have too much depth. Don't expect to use it as a daily programming reference book. It's more like a jump board that can set you in a specific direction of the XML world --- Then you should consult a more detailed book on that specific topic. It also introduces the various business software around XML.

      Besides, this book is very entertaining.

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      30 of 32 people found the following review helpful:

      Incredible Reference Book + Bonus Material, July 2, 2002
      Reviewer: Linda Zarate "IT Ops Consultant" (Azusa, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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      There is nothing in this book's title or product description that indicates that it teaches XML programming. If that's the type of book you're seeking I recommend "Definitive XML Application Development" by Lars Marius Garshol. If, however, you're an architect, chief technical officer or IT functional manager this book will provide you with one of the most complete and comprehensive descriptions of XML that's available.

      What you get is a thorough examination of XML, from its SGML beginnings to what it has evolved into, how to use it to solve real business problems, and the related specifications. Because this book is over 1200 pages it can be overwhelming. However, you need not read it in sequence, or even cover-to-cover to get value. It's a reference and a business case combined, and is best used as a resource in the architecture group or shared among developers who need to ensure that what is being developed is in line with W3C specifications. In addition, the overwhelming array of applications that come on the two CD ROMs will save a lot of time downloading trial copies from their vendors, and give you many choices to evaluate for internal use. It also saves expensive developer (or consultant) time and corporate bandwidth.

      If you work with XML you'll find this book to be one of the best general references you can own. Better yet, get "The Definitive XML Professional Toolkit", which contains this book and two others, and you'll have a ready-made XML reference library.

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