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Eager to catch up with XML fever? You can do it. A number of training options are available, ranging from completely self-guided courses on the Web to instructor-led classroom offerings. A smattering of free tutorials have also appeared, catering to the unsubsidized seeker of self-improvement. So whether you have three hours to spare or three weeks, XML know-how is within your reach.
If you're more prone to Web-based study, you might start with the extensive beginner's XML tutorial ( XML for Beginners, Part 1: Structured Documents, Plain Text, and Rendering ) on developer.com. IBM also offers several free online tutorials, including Introduction to XML, XML for Programmers, XML Programming in Java, and a general XML Tutorial. SmartPlanet's curriculum lets you choose between self-study and instructor facilitation.
If you learn better with an expert in the room, you can turn to one of the many instructor-led alternatives. DevelopMentor, based in Torrance, Calif., with offices in Boston, London, and Portland, Ore., offers Guerrilla XML, a five-day XML immersion for programmers, and Essential XML, a developer's overview delivered in four days. XML BootCamp, from Richard Hale Shaw, is a five-day intensive course with 2001 sessions scheduled in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich.. Learning Tree International, a trusted training provider based in Reston, Va., with courses available in many states, is currently offering Building XML Applications: Hands-On.