Sunday, November 20, 2011

XML Programming Core Reference Ebook Free Download

XML Programming (Core Reference)
Author(s): R. Allen Wyke, Sultan Rehman, Brad Leupen
Publisher: MS Press
Year: 2002
Pages: 736
Size (for download): 6.4 MB

When first exposed to the Extensible Markup Language (XML), you might ask yourself how it fits in the overall picture of Web-related items. This is the same question developers, managers, and presidents ask, not only of their peers, but of themselves as well. Ironically, this is the same question people in those roles asked themselves years ago with other computer-based equipment such as personal computers, databases, and even MS Windows.

Chapter 01 - An Architectural Overview of XML
Chapter 02 - XML Basics
Chapter 03 - Parsing XML Documents
Chapter 04 - Database Integration
Chapter 05 - Web Development
Chapter 06 - Building User Interfaces
Chapter 07 - XML-Based Messaging
Chapter 08 - Creating Metadata
Chapter 09 - Building a Server Application
Chapter 10 - Creating A Client
Chapter 11 - Platform Development
Chapter 12 - Legacy Systems Integration
Chapter 13 - Cross Device Development
Chapter 14 - More About SOAP
Chapter 15 - Exploring BizTalk Server
Chapter 16 - .NET Development
Appendix A - Related Standards
Appendix B - XML Software


XML Programming was nearly the best book on XML programming I have found. Here are the pluses.
1) It does a very good job of taking you through the basics fast and gets into specifics of coding quickly. It walks you through the process of building real applications using XML as their foundation.
2) The book covers more than the Microsoft angle. It does show some Linux and Java examples, although it definitely emphasizes the Microsoft solutions.
The reason I didn't rate this book higher was one thing that just kept annoying me throughout the book. It reads like they took an old book and threw in some material on newer XML specifications and Microsoft products, without updating the older material. Some examples of this are
1) They talk about the MSXML parser, but the last version they cover is 3.0 (even though 4 is included on the accompanying CD) and MSXML 4 has been out for quite some time, certainly longer than .NET. Yet there are entire chapters covering .NET and mentions of it throughout the book (mostly regarding Beta 2).
2) They show XML Notepad as an editor. Microsoft has discontinued the XML Notepad and the link in the book goes to a page that no longer exists.
3) Other links in the book do not exist and the tools have been renamed and thereby are harder to find on Microsoft's site.
The other primary minus for me was the author's assumption regarding your programming background. The authors use Visual Basic, ASP, Java, SQL and C++ without always explaining the code (Java and C++ are in the minority; VB, ASP and SQL are widespread). Most of the people reading this may not be familiar with all of these languages and thereby get a little lost in some of the examples.
So, if you're already comfortable with Microsoft programming and want to get up to speed quickly on XML, I would say this book is worth your while, but be ready for web links that don't work and check the products they refer to for newer versions.


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