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Nathan Smith's Blog:
PHP XML + Web Services
June 12, 2006 @ 06:13:12

On today, there's a new review of the book "Pro PHP XML and Web Services" from APress by Nathan Smith.

uite some time ago, Apress sent me Pro PHP XML and Web Services to review, and I am just now getting around to it. First off, let me say that this book is huge. It weighs in at 936 pages, and the one I have is a hard-cover. The author, Robert Richards has done an amazing job at providing an incredibly comprehensive volume, covering a vast amount of information.

Anything I write in this review will probably not do the book full justice, simply because it is so extensive. That being said, I will attempt to briefly summarize its contents, so you will have an idea of just how much is covered.

He lists out the chapters (including "Simple API for XML (SAX)", "XML Security", "Representational State Transfer (REST)") before pointing out some of the things he specifically enjoyed about the book, including:

  • the author's method of "demystifing" the concepts behind writing and using document type definition files
  • his coverage of DOM manipulation
  • mentions of using web services and Ajax
  • a bit on web site development for mobile devices

The review is definitely positive, Smith making a high recommendation for any developer looking to enhance their knowledge of both XML in PHP and coordinating that with web services.

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