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XML for Dummies?

 
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I recently took a Web Design course that, only in the final class, touched on XML. Wanting to learn more about XML, i signed up for a free online course from Barnes & Noble University on XML. The online course follows the "XML for Dummies" book and speaks about various XML topics, but doesn't really get into the code portion of it online - it just says to "read chapters 10 & 11 from the book", etc. I'm a junior engineer and was wondering if I would be wasting my money purchasing a "Dummies" book?
Perhaps a better move would be to try one of the other online courses that were mentioned in a prior posted message, but I'm still curious how detailed the "XML for Dummies" book is or if it's a good reference at all.
-Ron
 
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Hi Ron,
There is a lot to learn online, and that is free as well. Here at JavaRanch you can read tutorials and ask questions whenever there is something you need to know. There are also many other places on the web that have good tutorials, tools and documentation, both on XML and Java. You can try www.w3.org for XML, they have loads of stuff.
Who is publishing "XML for dummies"? Is it Barnes&Noble? You should ask yourself why they would want you to buy this book.
Regards
Marius
P.S. I think you might be wasting your money on buying a "Dummies" book.
[This message has been edited by Marius Holm (edited January 23, 2001).]
 
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Ron,
What helped me out is that I bought an XML book on how to design web sites using xml. I read the book and set it down for a month or two.
What really helped me out was the free tutorials on xml found on the net. Then I supplemented that information with the xml book that I bought. Needless to say that you should probably stay clear of "XML for dummies".
One book that I really like is "Java and XML". I suggest looking at many different types and find the one that you feel will help you the most.
-Ray
PS. Since Kevin Williams is online and has written a book on XML, I would suggest asking him some questions regarding his book.
[This message has been edited by Ray Hunter (edited January 23, 2001).]
 
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I found "XML Pocket Reference" by Robert Eckstein, published by O'Reilly to be really handy! It is compact and full of facts.
Bill
 
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