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Which Wrox book to read ??

 
Phil Young
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I am looking for a book best suited to help me take the test but also has good info on using XML with Java. I've looked at recommendations from other posts and liked the Wrox books best of those I've had the opportunity to lookk through.
My question is for anyone who has read these books: If I read the Java and XML book will this be leaving anything crucial out for the cert?? It starts with no assumption of XML knowledge (which is essentially where I am) I'd rather read a book which moves faster and covers more... but anyone see a reason not to go with the Java XML title?
I know there is probably enough web resources out there so one doesn't even need a book, but I find I learn much more quickly with them than from a web page..
Thanks in advance
 
Vijay Shrivastava
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Java and XML, 2nd Edition, O'Reilly & Associates, Brett McLaughlin is an excellent book from the prespective of using XML when programming in java. It is not the best book for XML.
IMHO reading one good book on XML (any book like XML bible) and reading Java and XML should give any one enough knowledge to take over XML-Java development. And then depends upon usage (need of project or application) look for more detail resourse in that area.
Hope it helps,

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Hema Menon
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Phil,
IBM's recommendations on resources for the new test includes two wrox books. "Professional XML" and "Professional XML Schemas". I've heard people raving about Wrox's "Beginning XML", but not much about Professional XML.
Later,
Hema
 
Phil Young
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Well I bought the Professional XML book, but it isn't written all that well IMO. Maybe it gets better as the plot thickens.
Will keep the board apprised, especially WRT the exam
 
Hema Menon
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Phil,
I too got the Professional XML book. Well, I haven't read thru it in full. I did take the sample test. I liked the pattern and the questions that it covered. A understanding of all the concepts on Schema XSLT etc would help a lot. Also needed is the DOM2 and SAX2 knowledge. An understanding of the concepts, rather than memorization of anything is required. I believe an introductory knowledge on Webservices too is required.
I am not sure whether I qualified for the free voucher. I believe I'll be able to know before the end of this week. Would love to receive it.
Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.
Thanks,
Hema
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Sereral XML books including the professional XML from Wrox has been reviewed by JavaRanch folks( includes your truly ). You might want to checkout the reviews here before buying the book.
http://www.javaranch.com/bunkhouse/bunkhouseOther.jsp
http://www.javaranch.com/bunkhouse/bunkhouseMisc.jsp
 
Phil Young
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Thanks to everyone for their responses, I am slowly working my way through this massive book. It's OK but suffers from the too many author syndrome. I can't believe how much information there is to take in about this topic, then J2EE on top of this?? Wow, with every new Java related endeavor I have more respect for the professional Java programmers out there.
 
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