October 11, 2004
"XML in a Nutshell, Third Edition": The Must-Have Handbook for Those Who Call XML Their Syntax of Choice
Sebastopol, CA--"XML is simply the most robust, reliable, and flexible
document syntax ever invented," assert Elliotte Rusty Harold and W. Scott
Means, authors of XML in a Nutshell, Third Edition (O'Reilly, US
$39.95). It's no surprise, then, that it's been widely adopted in fields
as diverse as law, aeronautics, finance, robotics, multimedia, travel,
construction, telecommunications, journalism, theology, and retail. Harold
and Means' book is a comprehensive guide to the rapidly growing and
ever-evolving world of XML.
Updated and expanded to cover XML 1.1 and XInclude (coauthor Harold is
responsible for nearly half of the early implementations of XInclude),
this third edition of the authoritative XML in a Nutshell covers all
aspects of XML from the most basic syntax rules, to the details of DTD and
schema creation, to the APIs developers can use to read and write XML
documents in a variety of programming languages.
Whether they're web designers using XML to generate web pages and PDF
files or C++ programmers using REST or SOAP to transmit data between
systems, readers will find that XML in a Nutshell thoroughly explains
the basic rules that all XML documents--and all XML document
creators--must follow. Serious users of XML will find coverage of just
about everything they need, including syntax from Unicode characters to
document structures, details of DTD and XML Schema creation, XSLT
transformations, and APIs used for processing XML documents.
Clear, concise, and useful, XML in a Nutshell explores:
Essentials of the core XML standards: Readers will quickly and painlessly
develop an understanding of well-formed XML (including XML 1.1), DTDs,
namespaces, Unicode, RDDL, and W3C XML Schema.
Presentation and linking technologies: Developers will gain a working
knowledge of XSLT, XPath, XLink, XPointer, XML Base, XInclude, CSS, and
Processing frameworks: This book will help readers understand the tools
and APIs needed to write software that processes XML, including
event-based Simple API for XML (SAX2) and the tree-oriented Document
Object Model (DOM).
Quick-reference chapters also detail syntax rules and usage examples for
the core XML technologies, including XML, DTDs, XPath, XSLT, SAX, and DOM.
Whether they need an explanation of how a technology works or simply want
to find the precise syntax for a particular project with ease, this
well-organized, must-have handbook delivers.
Praise for the previous edition:
"There is a lot to know about XML, but with this excellent reference
manual, you don't have to know it, just where to look it up."
--Jennifer Kyrnin, About.com, December, 2002
"Sometimes, when you're in the middle of coding, you want the facts at
your fingertips--not scattered all over the web, or in pages and pages of
Google searches. That's where O'Reilly's Nutshell books really come in
handy...XML in a Nutshell is no exception, containing just about every
piece of information on XML you're likely to need...a useful reference
that should be next to the keyboard of every XML developer."
--Simon Bisson, PC Plus, December, 2002
"This is an ideal publication and deserves pride of place on the bookshelf
of anyone using XML. LinuxFormat Rating 9/10."
--Dave Coulson, Linux Format, December 2002
XML in a Nutshell, Third Edition
Elliotte Rusty Harold and W. Scott Means
ISBN 0-596-00764-7, 712 pages, $39.95 US, $57.95 CA
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