Java News from Wednesday, October 6, 2004

I've written a version of this page that uses CSS for the layouts instead of tables. Please take a look at it, and let me know if anything looks too funky to live with. It's essentially the same layout I've debbugged on Cafe con Leche over the last couple of weeks, so i don't expect any major problems. However, a few more people read this page than that one, so perhaps someone will find a new issue here.

The Peacock Book

I'm very pleased to announce the publication of XML in a Nutshell, 3rd edition by myself and W. Scott Means, now available at a fine bookseller near you. XML in a Nutshell is quite simply the most complete and succinct treatment of the major technologies in XML you'll find anywhere. Topics covered include elements, attributes, syntax, namespaces, well-formedness, DTDs, schemas, XPath, XSLT, XSL-FO, CSS, SAX, DOM, internationalization, XHTML, and more. The third edition is a major update that syncs the book with the latest developments in XML including:

If you don't have a copy, you need a copy. Do you need to upgrade your old copy? If you're sticking to XML 1.0 (a recommendation I've made in my two previous books and continue to stand by in this one), the second edition will probably continue to serve you well. However, if you're still thumbing through a very dog-eared copy of the first edition, it's definitely time to upgrade. XML hasn't stood still in the three years since the first edition was published, and there's a lot of new and improved material here.

Amazon has the cheapest price I've seen, $27.17, a 32% savings, plus they're offering free supersaver shipping. It will also be available on Safari in the not too distant future for those readers who prefer their books in electronic format. The book is XML in a Nutshell, 3rd edition. The ISBN is 0-596-00292-0. It's published by O'Reilly, and written by W. Scott Mean and me, Elliotte Rusty Harold. Check it out!