Last Updated: August 7, 2004
According to his bio, Erik Ray has been working with O'Reilly to help them move to an XML-based workflow. To do this, Erik needs to both know how to use XML and how to teach other people to use it. In this book he demonstrates that he more than meets those qualifications.
This is by no means a reference manual. If you are looking for that type of book, you should not buy this. But if you're interested in learning more about XML and how to use it in your work, then you should consider it.
This book covers the basics of XML, including the history of why it came about. Once you've finished reading it, you'll have a clear understanding of what XML is and isn't and how you can use it in your day-to-day tasks. And you will find that there are very few information applications that would not benefit from XML.
For advanced Web developers, beginning programmers and database architects, and anyone interested in information flow, this is a good book to pick up.