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Linked Data or Semantic Web was one of the gray areas to me before I read what seems to be the only popularized publication of this kind in the Universe. But it is such a pity that not enough effort was devoted to propelling the Semantic Web capabilities further. I can tell now why after I read this book: it supercharges the web! For example it opens new capabilities to ‘machine to human’ or vice versa interactions. Also it allows a web developer to tightly integrate disperse data sources, or simply promote one’s webpages which easily translates into higher revenue.

Just stop reading my review, go get this book, it is worth every penny. OK, if you are still with me, here is what else I want to share:

  • The book is VERY well structured, let me repeat, so well, it takes you off to swimming in very shallow waters of building a simplistic webpage and into the deep waters of a robust web application loaded with a specialized database without even you realizing how comfortable it feels to build such a Semantic Web powered app with a number of tools;
  • The person reading this book should be proficient in the following: Python, XML, HTML and JavaScript;
  • A Mac or Linux machine is preferable (no surprise here as it happens more and more often with all the modern publications), and
  • An advice: read through the both appendixes – you will find useful information there. Find/use a good XML supporting text editor. I used Syntext.

I started reading it in PDF on my Android tablet using MoonReader Pro, but oddly the formatting was broken, continuing reading on my desktop with a large monitor was more pleasurable.

Strangely, some phrases were repeated exactly twice (or may be three times one or the other) thorough ought this book which at first caused me some dejavu feelings.

In terms of my closing remarks: support the W3C – buy the 5-Star Linked Data mug!

I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 rating with heartsease.

A big thank you to Manning who made a very cautions decision to conceive such a worthy book!

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 10:25 PM | Back to top


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