David Hunter, Jeff Rafter, Joe Fawcett, Eric van der Vlist, Danny Ayers, Jon Duckett, Andrew Watt, Linda McKinnon
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 15, 2011 - Computers - 1080 pages
When the first edition of this book was written, XML was a relatively new language but already gaining ground fast and becoming more and more widely used in a vast range of applications. By the time of the second edition, XML had already proven itself to be more than a passing fad, and was in fact being used throughout the industry for an incredibly wide range of uses. With the third edition, it was clear that XML was a mature technology, but more important, it became evident that the XML landscape was dividing into several areas of expertise. Now in this edition, we needed to categorize the increasing number of specifications surrounding XML, which either use XML or provide functionality in addition to the XML core specification.
So what is XML? It's a markup language, used to describe the structure of data in meaningful ways. Anywhere that data is input/output, stored, or transmitted from one place to another, is a potential fit for XML's capabilities. Perhaps the most well-known applications are web-related (especially with the latest developments in handheld web access—for which some of the technology is XML-based). However, there are many other non-web-based applications for which XML is useful—for example, as a replacement for (or to complement) traditional databases, or for the transfer of financial information between businesses. News organizations, along with individuals, have also been using XML to distribute syndicated news stories and blog entries.
This book aims to teach 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 answers the fundamental questions:
* What is XML?
* How do you use XML?
* How does it work?
* What can you use it for, anyway?
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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
Part I Introduction
Part II Validation
Part III Processing
Part IV Databases
Part V Programming
Part VI Communication
Part VII Display
Appendix B XPath Reference
Appendix C XSLT Reference
Bonus Chapter 22 Case Study Payment Calculator Ruby on Rails
Bonus Appendix D The XML Document Object Model
Bonus Appendix E XML Schema Element and Attribute Reference
Bonus Appendix F XML Schema Datatypes Reference
Bonus Appendix G SAX 202 Reference
Part VIII Case Study
Appendix A Exercise Solutions