Essential XML Quick Reference - still great

I’ve been doing some XSLT work the last couple of days so the Essential XML Quick Reference by Aaron Skonnard and Martin Gudgin has hardly left my side. It is a great book, and the fact that it is still quite relevant and readable 3 years after being published is a testament to the skill of the authors and the treacle-like progress of the W3C. This quote from Don Box on the inside cover cracks me up every time:

“Essentail XML Quick Reference is one of the few printed references I would actually buy.”

To paraphrase Don (a technical book author) - most technical books suck and are not worth buying. Fortunately you don’t have to buy this one - it has been available for free on the Developmentor website for a very long time, and is now also available from TheServerSide.