Beginning XML

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Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a rapidly maturing technology with powerful real-world applications, particularly for the management, display, and transport of data. Together with its many related technologies, it has become the standard for data and document delivery on the Web.
This book teaches you all you need to know about XML - what it is, how it works, what technologies surround it, and how it can best be used in a variety of situations, from simple data transfer to using XML in your web pages. It builds on the strengths of the first edition, and provides new material to reflect the changes in the XML landscape - notably SOAP and Web Services, and the publication of the XML Schemas Recommendation by the W3C.
Who is this book for?
Beginning XML, 2nd Edition is for any developer who is interested in learning to use XML in web, e-commerce, or data storage applications. Some knowledge of mark up, scripting, and/or object oriented programming languages is advantageous, but not essential, as the basis of these techniques is explained as required.
What does this book cover?
* XML syntax and writing well-formed X

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"Beginning XML" is a misleading title for this 1080-page tome. Only the first 250 pages fall into that category; the following 16 chapters are small tastes of various tools and uses for xml. It's hard ... Read full review


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Kurt Cagle is an author and developer specializing in XML-based technologies. He has written 13 books on topics as diverse as SVG, SOAP, XSLT, XHTML, XML and Data Integration, Schemas, and XML DOM programming in Microsoft and Java environments. He is also president of Cagle Communications, a consulting company located in Olympia, Washington. Learn more about Kurt at

Dix is lead developer for NavTraK, Inc., a leader in automatic vehicle location systems located in Salisbury, Maryland, where he develops Web Services and Palm applications.

Hunter, as a consultant and software architect for, has had extensive experience building scalable n-tier applications, using Internet technologies. He also provides training on XML, and software development best practices.

Roger Kovack has recently consulted to Wells Fargo and Bank of America, developing departmental information systems on desktop and client/server platforms. He developed web applications for Commerce One and He was instrumental in bringing Java into those organizations to replace ASP and C++. Roger can be contacted on

Pinnock works as an independent developer and consultant in the city of London.

For the past two years Jeff Rafter has worked with Standfacts Credit Services, developing XML interfaces for use in the mortgage industry. He also leads the XML development for Defined Systems, a web hosting.

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