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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML in a Nutshell, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold, W. Scott Means
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Most will only need a subset

How much XML do you need to know? Me, I read and write XML daily in my programs. But without having to support legacy data, I've found that I can use a very minimal subject to good effect. No mixed content, no attributes in tags, etc. So I can use SAX very easily. And I only need a small subset of this book.

But chances are that you may not be in such an easy situation. You might have to transform XML data using XSLT. While conceptually simple, the details are complex. So the book's section on XSLT can be vital. Another usage context is when you have to do some kind of search within XML data. The purview of XPath, XPointer and XLink. More good stuff to lookup here for explanations.

Harold writes fluently about XML. He has several other well received books on XML. So technically, you can rely on this book to get the details right. But few of you should need to know all of this book. XML has grown vastly, to serve increasingly different and specialised needs. The book tries to address the totality of these needs. So don't be intimidated if you see chapters that you are totally unaware of. I'm in the same boat as you, and so are many others.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn FileMaker Pro 7 (Wordware Library for FileMaker)
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Jonathan Stars, Nonie Bernard, Janice Child
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Tutorial at it's best

This is the best Computer tutotial book that I ever bought, and I buy quite a few. This is the kind of book you read & work with from cover to cover and come back to all the time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Pretty decent, hard to follow at times though

Inside COM is one of the best books on programming I have ever read. Even for those people who will not use COM in the near future it is still a good book. The important thing is you know what a software will look like in the future. I recommend this book to everyone.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exelent book, best flash book I have

Is sad that some advance users just to show off will give a bad rating to this book. First of all the authors explain like real doctors of education, with great patience and artistry, to explian every line of code. It does cover all the aspects of action script that will give you the edge to start using it efficeintlly. This expert developers dont take in account that most of the flash community is not experts like them, theres ha huge truckload of designers and animators who do not have any programming experience wich this book will give it to them. This book is call advance becuase thats a reallity most people who use flash dont know action script and very few as C++ or some languague experience. Also tutorials on internet are a good thing, but usually they are poorly explain, not troughfull so if you might get a tutorial on the enterframe event but is not a bit as good as the way this authors explian in this book. Is the most absurd thing to say that if you have take a tutorial on how to make a button you know all about this book, only is an eggocentric show off line. Most of webmasters outthere who also make sites and use flash, will consider this action script book advance, maybe you complaintng advance users should look for an expert book, not advance.