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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrzej Jan Taramina [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 7:03 PM
> To: Nick Abdullah
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: [xml-dev] Re: Training
> My experience is that much formal training is a waste of time for good
> people. Buy
> them some good O'Reilly (and other) books on XML and give them some
> to play
> with the open source tools. For good developers that is usually more
> faster and cheaper (and often more fun for them). Or send them to the
> nearest XML
> conference with some specific goals that they need to achieve.
There are a lot of XML books today, but the fact is that few are really good and useful. Some of them contain a lot of technical errors and lack basic editing or proof reading.
Even if you find a good XML book, mastering XML and all "Related Technologies" can be overwhelming.
For example, in a Web Services project, you might find yourself using all of the following technologies: XML1.0, Namespaces, DOM, SAX, XML Schemas, XPath, XSLT, XPointer, XInclude, XBase, SOAP, WSDL, XML Signature/Encryption, and UDDI. New specs are on their way to Recommendation.
The reality of enterprise projects is that people need to get up to speed on XML as quickly as possible. An XML Instructor who also has hands-on project experience can help you navigate through the essentials of each of these specs.
I also think that W3C working groups should create not only primers and use cases, but also quick references as part of their deliverables. The quick references will be very helpful in adopting and implementing the specs.
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