Saturday, June 26, 2004

Review - Processing XML with Java by Elliotte Rusty Harold

Processing XML with Java Processing XML with Java
by Elliotte Rusty Harold

This book came out awhile ago but for some reason I never got around to writing a review of it. Sometimes a book is so good that I just can't think of the right superlatives to describe it. Anyway, I finally sat down and wrote this review.

If only every technical book was written this well! Anyone who is working with Java and XML should have a copy of this book. Highly example driven with clear explanations, the author makes using XML in your Java programs a breeze. Even better, the author has a style that makes the book fun to read as you feel like you are learning all sorts of secrets from an XML insider.

The book starts with a quick introduction to XML and then gets into how to create XML documents in your programs. The first four chapters cover everything you need to know about creating XML whether it is for XML-RPC, SOAP, or simply to store in a file. The next section covers parsing XML documents. SAX and DOM are compared and then the next eight chapters discuss these two methods of parsing documents, explaining how to use them, comparing them, and helping you determine how to decide which technique to use for which situation. The section on DOM explains not just how to parse documents using DOM but also how to create new documents. The final chapters of the book cover JDOM, XPATH, and XSLT.

Did I mention that this book is full of examples? The author doesn't rely on simply explaining how something works or how to use a technology (even though his explanations are excellent), he has examples to demonstrate everything he discusses. Each example builds upon the previous example and makes learning the techniques easy and enjoyable.

This earned 5 stars on Amazon. The book is published by Addison-Wesley and came out in November 2002.

The review can be seen on Amazon on My Amazon Reviews page.

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