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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent overview of current state of XML
I found this book a much better introduction than the other two books I had looked at on XML, which quickly delved into Java-scripting and program development environments. Unlike these other books, which assume a fair amount of Web programming experience on the part of the reader, XML Dummies does a very good job of presenting a readable overview of the topic. I got...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Bad Dummy! Bad
This is the first time I've been thorughly disappointed by a "Dummies" book. The greatest value I got from the book was the explanation of Cascading Style Sheets. I saw no examples of how css or xsl affected the appearance of the xml document. In fact I saw no XML documents (using an xml extention) on the CD.
I don't think the author and his cohart in...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Bad Dummy! Bad, 15. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
This is the first time I've been thorughly disappointed by a "Dummies" book. The greatest value I got from the book was the explanation of Cascading Style Sheets. I saw no examples of how css or xsl affected the appearance of the xml document. In fact I saw no XML documents (using an xml extention) on the CD.
I don't think the author and his cohart in crime (and this was a serious crime based on what I paid verus what I got out of it) really did a serious analysis of the "Dummies" book audience.
When I buy a "Dummies" book I expect to get a simplified version of an explanation. I got more out of the W3C documents he pointed out. I also expect a little time be spent on exercises that let me create a document or two while guided by instructions in the book. This wasn't the case.
I suggest to anyone thinking they might want to buy this book; don't. Find another source of information written at the "Dummies" level. You'll be happier than I am.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing can be learned from this book, 25. Juli 2000
I'm usually not harsh about books, but this has got to be one of the worst computer books I've read. Admittedly XML is a complex topic to discuss, but another book "XML: A Primer" by St. Laurent does a much better job at showing the reader how XML works and is constructed. This book, in contrast, fails to show the poor reader what exactly XML is about -- and can do, and how one goes about developing actual XML applications. I mean, there are the code samples and explanations and everything, but after reading it I could not remember a single thing about XML. (I had to buy "XML: A Primer" to start all over again.) It's the rare kind of bad books that leave you unable to describe what you've just read.
The book won't do as a primer, nor will it do as a reference. I suggest that you find a copy and read it first before deciding whether to buy it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen incoherent presentation, 31. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
Even having the background suggested by the authors, this book was not for me. Some of the background of XML is presented but beyond that the book fails. Chapter 3 is confusing in many places unless you know SGML (not a requirement according to the authors). Chapter 4 stops before providing any useful information -- no examples; you are left to read the XML specification. Production errors (e.g. wrong examples used) make this book even more time consuming to grasp the material presented. I found a series of partially explained concepts that left me wondering if any topic would ever be presented sufficiently to understand. Midway through Chapter 6 I decided to find a better way to spend my time. Perhaps it gets better later. I wish I had read reviews before purchasing this book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Good plan, horribly botched execution, 8. Mai 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
Unique approach breezes through XML and gets into real apps like CDF, DRP, SMIL; I like this. Unfortunately the technical presentation of XML is so deeply inaccurate that the value of the rest must be highly suspect. In particular, the chapter entitled "Building XML Markup" is highly misleading, and following its instructions is guaranteed to lead to an unusable result. Fortunately, the chapter is also so impenetrably confusing that few are likely to follow those instructions.
It is irritating that this references the final release of the XML spec but the examples fail to conform to that release.
This might be a good way to bootstrap yourself on SMIL/DRP/OSD/CDF/CML. But it teaches nothing useful about XML itself.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Below average for IDG, 26. Juli 2000
Maybe it's a problem with XML itself, because the book is a little thin. In practice XML works with other markup languages, XSL (extensible style sheets) and XSLT (extensible style sheet transformations), as well as a couple of other components. This book only covers XML so maybe the content itself isn't enough to sustain a single book.
The book's a decent read but doesn't delve too deeply into the code. I know this is a primer book, but still it could have used additional info on how to implement XML in web pages.
I would read another primer than this one and then move on to an O'Reilly book on XML (when one comes out).
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1.0 von 5 Sternen You Won't Learn Much About XML from THIS book, 27. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
Skimpy, hard to read, and sadly incomplete are the primary attributes of this book. Key concepts are presented in a half-baked manner leaving the reader to figure things out. Examples are pitiful and incomplete.
I tried to get hold of the three authors using the e-mail address published in their book to query on particular aspects of the book. One address was already dead and the other two never bothered to repsond. Why publish the addresses at all? When contacted through their website, even IDG did not bother to respond.
Save your money. Buy another XML book or use the net to research XML.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for conceptual knowledge, but not for how-to, 30. Juni 2000
The book provided me with a high-level understanding, but it did not go into the level of detail I would have liked. A discussion of when to use XML vs. when not to would have been helpful. The lack of exercises guiding you through the process of authoring then transforming your doc into presentation-quality HTML is another glaring omission.
If you want to get a good, basic understanding of XML--and you already have a solid foundation in HTML--I recommend this book. If you're looking for reference and how-to, look elsewhere.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen STUFFED WITH FLUFF, 21. Juni 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
I finally found out the tie in and conicidence with the *ml books from IDG: They have similat designs and authors. They are going to run the humor element into the ground. It was nice for the begiining topics but now they are trying to this for every topic. This book falls into that category in that every topic that was not previously mentioned in the previous books was glazed over and stuffed with fluff. Just buy HTML for Dummies and More HTML for Dummies and you will have two-thirds of this book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not "For Dummies", 16. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
This is the first "For Dummies" book I ever bought, and I was not impressed. I thought it glossed over XML fundamentals. It introduced concepts in examples without discussing them first (or even saying "there's some new stuff in here--we'll get to it in a few pages"). Also, it strongly recommended devoting 1-2 days to digesting the formal spec, written in EBNF notation--hardly a "Dummies" activity.
I enjoyed Simon St. Laurent's "XML Primer" much more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent overview of current state of XML, 3. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Xml for Dummies (Taschenbuch)
I found this book a much better introduction than the other two books I had looked at on XML, which quickly delved into Java-scripting and program development environments. Unlike these other books, which assume a fair amount of Web programming experience on the part of the reader, XML Dummies does a very good job of presenting a readable overview of the topic. I got through the book quickly, and felt that I had a good grasp of XML and its potential when I was done. I highly recommend it!
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