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XML Weekend Crash Course (with CD-ROM)

   by Kay Ethier / Alan Houser / Alan Houser

    September, 2001


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Editorial description(s):

From the Back Cover
Get Up to Speed on XML -- in a Weekend! The big day is Monday -- the day you get to show off what you know about XML. The problem is, you're not really up to speed. Maybe it's been a while since you worked with Extensible Markup Language, or maybe you just like a challenge. In any event, we've got a solution for you -- XML Weekend Crash Course. Open the book Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon, after completing 30 fast, focused sessions, you'll be able to jump right in and start creating cutting-edge XML solutions. It's as simple as that. The Curriculum Friday Evening: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours
Saturday Morning: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours Afternoon: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours Evening: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours Sunday Morning: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours Afternoon: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours CD-ROM Includes: System Requirements: PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT 4 or later. See Appendix B for details and complete system requirements. For more information on Hungry Minds, go to

About the Author
About the Authors Kay Ethier is manager of new business with Bright Path Solutions of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Kay is an accomplished writer and regular contributor to IT: Information Technology for Professionals, for which she writes on a variety of technology topics. She instructs technical courses on such topics as FrameMaker, FrameMaker+SGML, XML, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. In addition to teaching, Kay works with clients on paper and electronic publishing projects, manages internal corporate publishing projects, and lectures at national seminars and conferences. Alan Houser is co-founder and principal partner of Group Wellesley, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company that provides technical documentation and information management services to technology-based companies and organizations. Having more than 12 years of experience in the software industry, Alan enjoys developing solutions to support information management and information re-use, and he has designed enterprise-wide processes for writing, maintaining, and publishing technical documentation. He has presented on publishing solutions, including XML and SGML, at local and national conferences, and he provides classroom training to corporate audiences in XML and FrameMaker+SGML.

Book Description
XML Weekend Crash Course covers the ins and outs of XML in 30 sessions. Each session is designed to take 30 minutes to complete, so the Crash Course is an intense 15-hour learning period. You can complete the Crash Course over a single weekend -- but you can also easily adapt the Crash Course sessions to whatever schedule best suits your needs.

Reader review(s):

XML: Weekend Crash Course, October 29, 2002
Book Description

XML Weekend Crash Course is an excellent source for beginners and experienced users alike for learning or enhancing XML skills in just 15 hours or 30 well-thought out sessions. You will gain a thorough understanding of XML documents and learn what it takes to create working, viewable XML.

XML WCC will walk you through step-by-step on how to systematically apply each task in a building block manner. As you work through each chapter, you feel as if a trainer and coach is guiding you through the process. Key areas in the text that enhance the learning experience are the Tips, Notes, Time Clock Progress Icon, Explanations of the Task, Review, and the Quiz Yourself Questions at the end of each chapter. As XML becomes ever more prevalent for applications on the Web, XML WCC is definitely a must for those who need to know how to get started in creating XML documents.

What does this book cover?

- Using tags to label XML content
- Formatting XML documents for display in a Web browser
- Building applications around XML documents
- Understanding how XML documents are processed
- Learning several ways to create XML documents
- Learning the two major building blocks of XML documents
- Taking advantage of the many tools available for validating
- Attributes, uses, and benefits of DTD's (Document Type
- Learning about graphic types and options
- Simple transformations with XSLT and X Path
- Using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and applying XSLT style
sheets automatically
- Introduction to XML schemas
- Linking and querying XML documents

Book Info

Offers the novice and experienced XML user a solid foundation in understanding the key attributes and the applications of XML documents. Upon completion of XML WCC, users will feel confident in their understanding, application, and future development as they move forward in XML learning. Softcover.

This book includes a CD-ROM as well. The CD-ROM contains a self-assessment test, source code for session examples, software that can be installed, and links to other useful software.

Errata for this book - solving errors Andy mentioned, May 10, 2004

In Andy's review, he mentioned errors in the book. This is correct. Due to some software changes since its 2001 publication, there are some code bits that need to be adjusted to make things work.

While HungryMinds is no longer publishing under that label, they are part of Wiley and Wiley provides the needed info. This book's errata, which includes solutions for these issues, may be found at .

Good book, but it has its quirks, May 5, 2004
This is a great book for newbies like me, but there were a lot of errors (mostly incorrect names for associating files) that you have to figure out on your own. The errors occur once every 2 to 3 chapters, so it isn't too bad - just annoying. From what I've seen, the CD has the correct file names so there's some relief there. Unfortunately, the publishing company went out of business so you can't go to their website to get updates with corrections.

Does what it sets out to do, March 24, 2004
If you are new to XML and wish to know how XML relates to HTML, DTD, XLST, XPATH, and XHTML, this should be your first book.

The book is clearly written in bite sized sections with quizes that follow. Each section reiterates concepts of prior sections to ensure you understand what you read.

I completed the book in less than the recommended 15 hours and can say than I have nearly 100% comprehension of the material.

I commend the authors on a job well done.

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