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XForms Books

From: <AndrewWatt2001@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 13:23:40 EDT
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To: www-forms@w3.org, XForms@yahoogroups.com
I guess at least some on list will know that a couple of XForms books are now 
in print, both authored by XForms WG members.

"XForms - XML Powered Web Forms" by T.V. Raman I would classify as an 
overview of XForms rather than a hands on tutorial. I am still reading it so my 
opinion may change.

"XForms Essentials" by Micah Dubinko is, in my view, again largely an 
overview rather than a hands on tutorial but in the online version it seems to me 
that there is more tutorial than the previous book. The text of a draft of  
Micah's book is still available online at <A HREF="http://www.dubinko.info/writing/xforms/book.html">
http://www.dubinko.info/writing/xforms/book.html</A>. I haven't seen the printed book yet so can't comment on how 
significant any differences from the online version might be.

Both books, in my view, carry forward a deficiency of the XForms 
specification - a lack of a good range of complete examples. I guess the WG members 
feel/felt that specification is enough. It's not a view I share. While some people 
learn from specifications many others learn more effectively from good 
examples.

Personally, I see a gap in the market for a good hands on tutorial book on 
XForms with a range of good, working XForms examples. The authors of the above 
books may choose to differ. :)

Andrew Watt
<A HREF="http://www.tfosorcim.org/blog">http://www.tfosorciM.org/blog</A> - "Reflecting on Microsoft" 
Received on Thursday, 9 October 2003 13:23:47 GMT

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