Applied XML: a toolkit for programmers by Alex Ceponkus

By Alex Ceponkus

Taking a look previous a lot of the hype surrounding XML, utilized XML offers a real-world consultant to the XML utilized in the most recent browsers and server-side recommendations. Approachable but jam-packed with priceless specifics approximately XML criteria, this ebook fills a priceless area of interest for any IS specialist, together with Java developers.The extraordinary function this is the readability of the authors' presentation and their real-world examples utilizing present instruments. they begin off with the "big photo" approximately XML and its strength for permitting ultra-modern organisations to constitution and convey information over the net. The ebook then covers the entire fundamentals with a whole travel of the suitable XML criteria like DTDs, XML DOM, and XSL (for showing XML data).Because XML continues to be a reasonably new know-how, many books float into conception. now not so with utilized XML, which facilities on latest instruments (like web Explorer five and numerous XML parsers for Java). The e-book anchors his dialogue of XML criteria with real-world examples utilizing a web procuring web site powered by means of ASPs and Java. there's additionally sturdy insurance of the XML rfile version, together with many transparent diagrams explaining the hierarchical association of XML info. If you have been baffled by way of extra summary motives of XML, this consultant is pretty much as good as any for buying you all started with this robust commonplace. For the Java programmer, examples of utilizing Java to parse and reveal XML info can also be useful.Now that XML has moved into the mainstream, it stands able to do genuine paintings on the net. Any IS expert who's contemplating XML for offering company information can make the most of this able and effective journey of some great benefits of XML for latest companies"

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Entities that are made of XML syntax contain two parts, the content (raw information, also - 51 - called character data) and the XML markup. We briefly touched on what markup was in Chapter 1. Markup is information about content that helps us use the content. In XML, the actual markup serves several purposes: • It provides a fairly simple and standardized syntax that XML parsers can use for resolving the information it describes. • The markup provides a rich method of describing the hierarchical structure of the content by breaking the content information (character data) into chunks called elements that in turn are further described by attributes.

Let’s face it, only a select few of us have T1 or higher access to the Net (blessed be our universities for they are our providers of high bandwidth). We think it will go through several revisions before mainstream users are able to reap benefits from it. XML Developer Support Ah, yes, the all-important stuff. If you’re a developer looking to create XML solutions, we have to tell you that the XML developer support is still pretty weak. However, if you’ve got strong programming resources and are looking to introduce early niche market applications of XML, it’s great.

The major browsers that have announced XML support include Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Netscape Navigator 5. Here’s more information on each of the browsers and also information on the “other” kind of Internet vehicles that you can use. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 Microsoft took the lead in the browser world in terms of its support of the standardsbased XML. Remarkable as this may seem, at this point, it has the best implementation of XML in its browser as compared to any other vendor. Internet Explorer 5 includes complete support of the XML DOM and support of the transformation tools of XSL (see Part III of this book).

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