Strategic XML

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Sams Publishing, 2002 - Computers - 247 pages
Annotation Presents XML architectures and implementations from the software architect's point of view. Strategic XML presents concrete examples that illustrate how XML facilitates the interaction between the many segments of a typical enterprise. The problem of Enterprise Application Integration is growing as businesses have increasing needs to share information seamlessly internally and externally. Strategic XML offers a roadmap. Strategic XML provides a unique XML technology map, dividing a corporate business into XML Zones and providing the proper framework for understanding XML in the context of these zones and their interaction with each other. This book is primarily designed to describe the landscape of a typical large enterprise in terms of where XML can be successfully adopted as a data format. It also should serve as a warning of where not to try to apply XML. The examples give almost equal time to Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications, reflecting the increasingly mixed nature of development in large companies. This book speaks to technologists who have decided that XML provides the benefits necessary for their organizations, but who need to map out an implementation strategy. W. Scott Means is an independent consultant based in South Carolina. He has implemented numerous enterprise-level XML-based solutions, including recent engagements with NCR and Fleet Mortgage. He co-authored the bestselling XML in a Nutshell (0596000588) for O'reilly and Associates, published January 2001. In 1994, Scott founded Foolproof Software, which designed and sold interactive computer games. Prior to founding Foolproof Software, he was a senior architect with Microsoft Corporation, where he contributed to the design and launch of the Microsoft Network. Scott recently designed and led the implementation team for Policy Management Systems Corporations's premiere Internet application line, PMSCiSolutions.
 

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Contents

Pervasive XML
3
Standards and Applications
34
STRATEGIc XML
38
L
41
XML Zones
52
The Employee Zone
65
The Database Zone
83
The Legacy Zone
93
Automating Internal Processes with XML
129
Offline Order Processing Using StoreandForward
149
Exposing Internal Systems to External Partners
167
Accessing Remote Systems with SOAP
187
Implementation Notes
195
Migrating Legacy Data
205
Conclusion
221
Index
239

Conclusions
101
Web Content Publishing
111

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About the author (2002)

W. Scott Means has been a professional software developer since 1988, when he joined Microsoft Corporation at the age of 17. He was one of the original developers of OS/2 1.1 and Windows NT, and he did some of the early work on the Microsoft Network for the Advanced Technology and Business Development group. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Enterprise Web Machines, a South Carolina-based Internet infrastructure venture. He is currently writing full-time and consulting on XML and Internet topics. This is his second book. He may be reached via email at smeans@moonlightideas.com.

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