XML books are a dime a dozen, but many are quite tedious in the way they methodically step through all of the various standards. Que's Example series helps you learn by doing with countless examples that build your knowledge through hands-on experience. XML by Example covers an impressive amount of material in relatively little space, providing critical XML knowledge using a reader-friendly format.
This second edition has been updated to cover the latest and greatest features of the ever-evolving XML standard. It includes coverage of the final XML Schemas recommendation and the latest developments of XSL. The book is quite suitable for anyone with basic HTML knowledge.
The book steps its way through all the key topics--namespaces, models, transformations, formatting, etc.--with a style that keeps you engaged in what each topic looks like in real code, versus in theory. Plenty of notes and cautions highlight important points and pitfalls. There is an excellent presentation of how XML can be used to render formatted HTML using Cascading Style Sheets and XSL--one of the first areas many developers want to tackle when wading into the XML universe.
Advanced topics such as SOAP and three-tier architectures are presented, albeit only at a level of detail sufficient to familiarize you with the concepts. XML by Example is an excellent place to start to learn XML and a strong preparatory text for more extensive reading on the subject. --Stephen W. Plain
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Not the Right Book, Nov 14, 2022
I read the first 6 chapters of the book in 12 hours then I stopped and gave up from it, because I got lost and confused, and I feel like I need much more than that to know what's there in the XML world, well the book name is learn by example but actually it is not that, it is "get confused by examples", the examples are so easy to look at but after reading them and read the little tiny bit explanation about them if any, you don't know what is going on there and don't know what is the point, don't know why we want to do that, why we need that from the first place ??
I'm not a new programmer but I just started learning XML and I really don't need a book from the very beginning but still I grabbed this book because I thought It will get me somewhere by practicing with the examples,
there isn't enough examples showing clarity
After that I started reading XML Bible 2nd addition, it has a lot of information and it has a lot more details about each topic compared to this book but still difficult to read and has lots of Errata !!!.
I'm still looking for a book in XML that makes me really understand Schemas, namespaces, XSL, and XSLT, Xlink, relations between them and CSS,
I'm using xmlSpy, and there you will find everything there regarding XML and how to make XSL, XSD, Schemas and DTD then the XML files and XSL and XSLT which really need to understand how they all work together but you find nothing about them in XML by example book, I'm not saying the book should explain xmlSpy but you have to know all these technologies to work on XML project.
I couldn't give this book 2 stars because I can't recommend it to anyone. I can't understand why others can give it 5 stars, I don't believe they can do something with xml just by reading this book!!!
In the end if you think you want to start with this book then don't, read w3c.School and get all the definition for XML technologies then get a much more detailed book for it which I'm still looking for.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Easy to read, Sep 17, 2023
I have read around 200 pages of this book, usually while traveling. I think the best thing about the book is, it's so easy to read. Its certainly informative and laid out in very simple language with simple examples. Good for beginners or for developers lost reading Heavy XML books. I unsuccessfully tried reading "XML Bible" before I bought this book. Although there are other great books that might go in more details, but if you are a beginner XML developer or manager, this could be a good starting point.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
XML by Example, Jun 10, 2023
This book is certainly not for beginners. Lots of coding is sometimes very confusing. Some hands-on excercises would have made a great differences. Specially if this book is to be used for some sort of curricullum
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Get to speed with XML -- fast!, Apr 24, 2023
Easy to read, still complete and insightful guide to working with XML in the real world. Perhaps with XML, learning by example is the fastest path to becoming a pro.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A quick and clear approach to XML and Internet Basics, Apr 12, 2023
This book is excellent for understanding the main features of XML, its utility in Internet applications, and for having an overview of all main market XML products.
If you are new in Internet basics and technologies, this book will make you feel that you are no more lost in the Internet world.