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"[Author Erik T. Ray] is one of those folk who can retain an in-depth technological approach without alienating those less well-informed than himself. As a result, this is no skimpy overview of XML, but rather a complete introduction to Extensible Markup Language that quickly provides the web developer with a grounding in both how to use it, and what to use it for."
"This text provides an excellent coverage of XML's foundations and the technologies that have been developed for particular needs. It is the definitive introduction to XML."
-- , PC Update
--Davey Winder, PC Plus, March 2004
"This new edition is one that I would recommend to newcomers to XML...The O'Reilly team and [Erik] Ray have provided a great book, at a good price, that you will find very useful as you learn XML."
--Russell Dyer, UnixReview.com, December 2003
Reviews From Previous Edition
"I set out to learn just enough about XML to get the job done. Fortunately, I had a copy of O'Reilly's 'Learning XML' (Erik T. Ray, 2001) to help me get up to speed. For anyone with down time in their work schedule, I recommend the Learning series. These books provide gentle introductions to numerous important tools and languages such as Java,Perl, C#, web design, Oracle PL/SQL and the Unix operating system and are designed for people wanting to pick up a new skill without taking a class. After only a couple of hours of reading, I was able to easily convert the output of my script and I had a good handle on the basic XML function along with its markup capabilities."
--Sandra Henry-Stocker, Unix in the Enterprise, 2 Jan 2003
"If you want to get started learning XML offline, this is a great choice."
--Jennifer Kyrnin, About.com, Dec 10, 2002
"Erik Ray's 'Learning XML' is quite simply the best general introduction to XML that I have read to date."
--gbdirect.co.uk, Jan 2002
"This is an excellent primer and one of the best teaching books about XML. The author understands the concept of a picture being 'worth a 1000 words.' He is clearly comfortable using diagrams to illustrate his point."
--Ken North, Dr Dobbs
"A clear and comprehensive overview of the inner workings of this exciting new technology...very accessible and digestible in few sittings...Like most O'Reilly publications, this book is a reliable source on the subject. Its success lies in the authors thorough understanding of XML and ability to make the complex clear...an incredibly useful guide...highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding XML and keeping up with the rapid developments of this important technology."
--James Kalback, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Oct 2001
"Five stars...This is a great introductory book on XML. It clearly explains the language and will leave you hungry to get started on your documents. For advanced Web developers, beginning programmers and database architects, and anyone interested in information flow, this is a good book to pick up."
--Jennifer Kyrnin, About Guide to HTML, Nov 2001
Best of 2001 Award; Computing and Internet, Fatbrain.com
"A really good book. The idea of ending each chapter with a large 'real-world', annotated example is very useful. It makes this book a sort of 'Illustrated XML.' This is very well written with clear examples throughout. A very good core book for this important technology."
--Kevin Taylor, Northants Linux Use, March 2001
"a clear and concise XML book."
--vulinhnguyen, Java and Web developer, enterprise Java Books List, amazon.com
"'Learning XML' is another great title from O'Reilly that covers the basics of XML and explains how XML and XSL work together to create HTML, WAP etc. As the title suggests this book is for the novice XML programmer and it does a brilliant job illustrating the core XML concepts and language syntax. If you are an experienced XML programmer this is probably not the book for you."
"packed with examples of code, along with explanations of what it all means...if you have the time, Erik T. Ray has the knowledge."
--Internet Works, Sept 2001
"'Learning XML' does what it sets out to do: provides an introduction to SML concepts and XML document authoring and the related standards and, as such, represents an ideal starting point for anyone using XML."
--IT Training, August 2001
"O'Reilly books have a good record. Well-known for their in a Nutshell series and their zoological cover illustrations, I've always found them highly satisfactory. There cannot be many works that be referred to familiarly as, for instance, The Camel Book. Well now we have The Newly-Hatched Chick book. From the title of this one I had somehow (wrongly) expected an XML primer covering only basics, but this is a thorough treatment of the subject. The book's general layout conforms to what we have become familiar with in O'Reilly: The index is excellent and there are appendices giving a glossary and lists of standards, tools, books and resources and where to find them. Learning XML, very readable as well as being a good reference, is strongly recommended."
--Sandy McCourt, uk-bug developer's magazine, July/August 2001
"This is a sound piece of work on XML. Clearly, with a developing standard such as XML nothing ever stays still for long and the various applications and tools appear at a disconcerting rate. However, if you begin with a book like this and take in the fundamentals thoroughly, there is no reason why future developments will not be manageable."
--Tom Wilson, http://informationr.net/, August 2001
"Author Erik T. Ray begins with an excellent summary of XML's history as an outgrowth of SGML and HTML. He outlines very clearly the elements of markup, demystifying concepts such as attributes, entities, and namespaces with numerous clear examples."
--Randy M. Zeitman, CompBookReview.com, August 2001
"An excellent book...This is very well written with clear examples throughout. A very good core book for this important technology."
--Kevin Taylor, Northants Linux Users Group, 14th March 2001
"These (Learning XML and XML in a Nutshell) are the most accessible books on XML that I have come across and I would certainly use Learning XML as a recommended text for any course on it that I gave. I you work with XML or are going to then you probably ought to have both these books"
--Lindsay Marshall, news@UK, June 2001
"'Learning XML' is a very readable introduction to XML for readers with existing knowledge of markup and Web technologies. It meets its goals very well--to deliver a broad perspective of XML and its potential."
--Stephen W. Plain, amazon.com, April 2001
"a good book to use when getting started with XML. It is a ready reference to the many technologies one can use to supplement HTML in creating dynamic content, and in providing interactive capabilities in web sites and web pages."
--The Vista PC Journal, June 2001
"This excellent new book on XML (Extensible Markup Language), while not for everyone, is indeed going to get a lot of attention from the many folks who are heavily involved in developing Web site content. O'Reilly Hits Another Homer...The O'Reilly publishing firm, famous for their emphasis on a common-sense approach to explaining very technical material, depth of detail, and focus on the practical, has released an invaluable tool for anyone interested in maximizing the potential of XML with their Web site development work. For those just starting out with XML, Ray provides an appropriate first-time learning book, that could be later built on with other titles that do delve more deeply in the intricacies of the tedious programming in XML that Ray wisely eschews in this title. With this release, O'Reilly again proves its mettle as the pre-eminent publisher of technical works of superb quality and lasting value, and that meet the higher expectations of professionals searching for solid substance that directly translates their minimal investment in the book into soon to be realized profitable returns."
--Dale Ferris, Golden Triangle PC Club, May 2001
"It explains how the basics of XML work so that you can get started and understand. If you want to get started learning XML offline, this is a great choice."
--Jennifer Kyrnin, Focus on HTML/XML
"a well-written and helpful approach to understanding and using XML. It's also an ideal learning tool and also references ways to become a part of the XML community."
--Sys Admin, May 2001
"The approach in this book works well with the way I like to read to learn. I would definitely recommend this book to programmers wanting to get to grips with XML."
--Francis Glassborow, CVU, April 2001
"A clear and concise XML book."
--Vulinhnguyen, Enterprise Java Booklist, April 2001
"Another example of why books from O'Reilly are so highly regarded, Learning XML is a title of modest size, easy to read, and covers its subject in remarkable depth."
--Major Kearny, Book News, March 2001
"For brevity, completeness of coverage, clarity of writing, and usefulness of examples, this is the best XML book I have seen. I recommend it highly."
--Richard Mateosian, IEEE Micro, March-April 2001
" Erik Ray's 'Learning XML' is quite simply the best general introduction to XML that I have read to date...O'Reilly deserves congratulation for resisting the temptation, to which most technical publishers have succumbed, of rushing out an XML 'instant book'. With this volume at least, they have returned to the tradition which established their reputation i.e. a tradition of considered and thoughtful texts which have become definitive works by concentrating on the clear and orderly elaboration of fundamentals... Erik Ray's greatest achievement in writing this XML book has been to ruthlessly exclude the merely relevant from his discussion. With one or two notable exceptions, most pages in 'Learning XML' are devoted to simply explaining and illustrating core XML concepts. Details which needlessly consume the reader's time, overload their capacity to digest and obscure the truly critical issues, are typically avoided. When details are provided, they are invariably well organized, both sequentially and hierarchically. Unlike so many of the genre, one rarely feels that the subsequent topic appears simply because it was the next thing that the author thought of."