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XML for Dummies
Now updated with coverage of new applications and thew latest standards, this is the ideal beginners guide to XML (eXtensible Markup Language), the widely heralded successor to HTML. Readers will discover how to use this powerful, flexible language and its specialized applications to format all kinds of complex data for the Web. The CD-ROM comes with software, code, Internet links, and more.
XML and Web Services
“If you’ve ever wondered how complex types are defined or how you can use regular expressions inside Schema, this is the book for you.” PC Plus, Christmas edition 2002 “I recommend this book as a very useful guide and reference.” – Rob Hughes, Cvu, August 2003
If you need to create or use formal descriptions of XML vocabularies, the W3C’s XML Schema offers a powerful set of tools for defining acceptable document structures and content. An alternative to DTDs as the way to describe and validate data in an XML environment, XML Schema enables developers to create precise descriptions with a richer set of datatypes that are essential for today?s applications. While schemas are powerful, that power comes with substantial complexity. This concise book explains XML Schema foundations, a variety of different styles for writing schemas, simple and complex types, datatypes and facets, keys, extensibility, documentation, design choices, best practices, and limitations, with examples throughout. In addition, XML Schema provides a complete reference to all parts of both the XML Schema Structures and XML Schema Datatypes specifications, as well as a glossary. Appendices explore the relationships between XML Schema and other tools for describing document structures as well as work in progress at the W3C to more tightly integrate XML Schema with existing specifications.
The Easy, Example-Based Guide to Ajax for Every Web Developer
Using Ajax, you can build Web applications with the sophistication and usability of traditional desktop
applications and you can do it using standards and open source software. Now, for the first time,
there’s an easy, example-driven guide to Ajax for every Web and open source developer, regardless of
one step at a time, he introduces techniques for building increasingly rich applications. Don’t worry if
you’re not an expert on Ajax’s underlying technologies; Woychowsky offers refreshers on them, from
standards throughout, ranging from Firefox to Ruby and MySQL.
You’ll not only learn how to write “functional” code, but also master design patterns for writing rocksolid,
high-performance Ajax applications. You’ll also learn how to use frameworks such as Ruby on
Rails to get the job done fast.
* Learn how Ajax works, how it evolved, and what it’s good for
* Understand the flow of processing in Ajax applications
* Build Ajax applications with XML and the XMLHttpRequest object
* Integrate back-end code, from PHP to C#
* Use XSLT and XPath, including XPath Axis
* Develop client-side Ajax libraries to support code reuse
* Streamline development with Ruby on Rails and the Ruby programming language
* Use the cross-browser HTML DOM to update parts of a page
XML and Java: Developing Web Applications
Ideal for any Java developer or architect facing todays rich XML based standards and tools, the second edition of XML and Java: Developing Web Applications delivers a wide and deep tour of the latest in todays XML standards and Java tools used to work with them. Whether you want to gain an understanding of basic or advanced uses of XML, chances are this practical minded book will fit the bill, with its far ranging coverage of tools and programming techniques.
The coverage of todays Java XML tools is perhaps unmatched by any text. The authors do a great job at presenting the essentials first, in short, fast moving, understandable chapters, before ranging farther afield. In particular, the coverage of two of the most important XML APIs in todays Java (SAX and DOM) is a standout here. We also liked the benchmarks that show how SAX can offer faster performance, plus the easy to grasp summaries of essential programming APIs for both tools. Beyond the basics, the authors present several advanced techniques, like sending XML over sockets and advanced tricks available in Xerces.
After the basics of parsing XML, the book turns to transforming XML using XSLT, again with a no nonsense, practical tour. Turning toward the server side, the text presents a quick introduction to JSP and servlets and where XML fits into each. (Readers will appreciate the demonstration of creating XML from an ordinary JSP here.) After looking at XML used with databases and messaging, the book focuses in on Web services in a particularly well wrought chapter that covers all of the relevant standards for todays Web services, including how SOAP is really just an extension of XML messaging for the enterprise.
After looking at security issues with XML (including the importance of using secure sockets), a section on the various ways of defining XML documents (from standard DTDs to XML Schema, Schematron, and even RDF) shows the advantages and design goals of each. Handy reference sections list resources for all of todays leading XML based tools and W3C XML standards.
While todays landscape of XML standards and tools can indeed be daunting, this text sorts it out with an enthusiastic treatment of the subject filled with practical advice and an experts take on what working Java developers and system architects need to know when it comes to XML. Richard Dragan
XML and Java(tm): Developing Web Applications is a tutorial that will teach Web developers, programmers, and system engineers how to create robust XML business applications for the Internet using the Java technology. The authors, a team of IBM XML experts, introduce the essentials of XML and Java development, from a review of basic concepts to thorough coverage of advanced techniques. Using a step by step approach, this book illustrates real world implications of XML and Java technologies as they apply to Web applications. Readers should have a basic understanding of XML as well as experience in writing simple Java programs.
XML and Java enables you to:
Develop Web business applications using XML and Java through real world examples and code Quickly obtain XML programming skills Become familiar with Document Object Models (DOM) and the Simple API for XML (SAX) Understand the Electronic Document Interchange (EDI) system design using XML and Document Type Definition (DTD), including coverage on automating business to business message exchange Leverage JavaBean components Learn a hands on, practical orientation to XML and Java
XML has strong support from industry giants such as IBM, Sun, Microsoft, and Netscape. Java, with its write once, run anywhere capabilities, is a natural companion to XML for building the revolutionary Internet applications described in this book. XML and Java demonstrates how developers can harness the power of these technologies to develop effective Web applications. If you want to learn Java based solutions for implementing key XML features including parsing, document generation, object tree manipulation, and document processing�there is no better resource thanthis book. This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Visual Basic .NET and XML
An accessible and step by step approach to using VB.NET and XML enterprise application development
XML is a tool for interacting with, describing, and transporting data between machines across networks and across the Internet perfectly suited for Microsofts .NET plan to fully integrate the Internet into distributed computing.
By using real world and fully functional examples, this book quickly brings Visual Basic programmers and developers up to speed on XML for enterprise application development. The authors include an overview of XML and how it works with VB.NET, then explain how to use it to manipulate data in distributed environments. Microsoft Technologies
.NET Platform: The next big overhaul to Microsofts technologies that will bring enterprise distributed computing to the next level by fully integrating the Internet into the development platform. This will allow interaction between any machine, on any platform, and on any device.
Visual Basic.NET: The update to this popular visual programming language will offer greater Web functionality, more sophisticated object oriented language features, links to Microsofts new common runtime, and a new interface.
ASP.NET: A programming framework (formerly known as Active Server Pages) for building powerful Web based enterprise applications; can be programmed using VB.NET or C Sharp.
C Sharp: Microsofts new truly object oriented programming language that builds on the strengths of C++ and the ease of Visual Basic; promises to give Suns Java a run for its money.
From the Back Cover
Ramp up your enterprise VB.NET applications with XML!
Microsoft envisions a future where the Web will host millions of distributed applications all communicating via XML. Data packaged in XML will flow to and from databases, between applications, and directly to the browser.
With the release of Visual Basic .NET, XML support is tightly integrated into the language and provides numerous methods for manipulating XML data. This tight integration means that VB programmers can load, manipulate, and save XML data faster and more easily than ever before. With real world and fully functional examples, Rod Stephens and Brian Hochgurtel walk you step by step through how to take advantage of XML in all aspects of enterprise VB.NET development:
Part One explains XML basics–DOM, SAX, Schemas, Serialization–and how to read and write XML files using Visual Basic code
Part Two examines methods for displaying XML data on the Web and for building Web Services using Visual Basic, ASP.Net, Web Forms, and XSL
Part Three shows how XML works with other products and how you can use SQL Server 2000 and Microsofts Internet Information Server (IIS) to display data directly on the Web with XML
Final chapters show how to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to save and load XML documents in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook
The companion Web site houses the working code for all of the examples built in the book.
Using XML: Special Edition /by Lee Anne Phillips. The book delves into the programming realm--where its strength lies, incidentally--after a couple of obligatory "Intro to XML" chapters. Because XML, being a comparatively simple language, is more frequently about understanding when or why to use a particular feature than how, there is comparatively little code (though there's certainly enough of it to go around).
Instead, most of the text explains concepts and gives examples of when it is and isn't appropriate to use certain features, what certain features are intended to be used, and so on, which is very helpful. After all, in many cases the reader will be using the book to try to find solutions and not simply answers. The writing is clear and concise--well, as clear and concise as you can be when venturing into the oft-nebulous areas of XML--when describing code functions and real-life examples, but, as stated, this book is fairly weak on XML concepts. If you didn't understand the concept going in, you're not likely to be much wiser on the other side of the chapter.
There is code galore, however, and much of it is notated, as it should be. As would be expected in a reference book, there are pages and pages and pages of tables with classes and features and commands aplenty. Unfortunately, there are several code samples from real-world Web sites or actual working models. This is "unfortunate" mainly because the samples point to the lack of usable examples in the book. A lot of XML's advanced functions would be made a lot clearer if the book would not only give isolated code fragments for many XML features, but also a wider-scale XML page that would let the reader understand how it's used in the field.
Flash XML Applications
Add seamless, interactive, user-controlled delivery to your Flash applications. This book builds upon your understanding of basic ActionScript (AS) syntax with the foundational skills that you need to use XML in Flash applications and AS2 or AS3 to migrate your existing applications.
Beginning with an introduction to XML, XML parsing methods, and a short introduction to AS2 you learn how to create a universal XML load/onload Class as well as a universal XHTML parser. Then you learn how to use Components using XML as the data source, including the menu, menubar, datagrid and tree component. Finally, a tutorial project-the design and development of a Real Estate Web site that contains an XML search engine-pulls it all together with hands-on experience.
All the applications use XML as the data source and are written as class files. Select parts of the Real Estate Web site are redeveloped in AS3 for purposes of illustration. The new XML class is presented and specific code examples demonstrate techniques to apply methods and use properties. Particular attention is paid to the differences between AS2 and AS3 and how to effectively transition from one AS version to the other.
XML For Dummies
See how XML works for business needs and RSS feeds
Create consistency on the Web, or tag your data for different purposes
Tag XML is it! XML tags let you share your format as well as your data, and this handy guide will show you how. Youll soon be using this markup language to create everything from Web sites to business forms, discovering schemas and DOCTYPES, wandering the Xpath, teaming up XML with Office 2003, and more.
XML in a Nutshell
If you’re a developer working with XML, you know there’s a lot to know about XML, and the XML space is evolving almost moment by moment. But you don’t need to commit every XML syntax, API, or XSLT transformation to memory; you only need to know where to find it. And if it’s a detail that has to do with XML or its companion standards, you’ll find it–clear, concise, useful, and well-organized–in the updated third edition of XML in a Nutshell.
With XML in a Nutshell beside your keyboard, you’ll be able to:
* Quick-reference syntax rules and usage examples for the core XML technologies, including XML, DTDs, Xpath, XSLT, SAX, and DOM
* Develop an understanding of well-formed XML, DTDs, namespaces, Unicode, and W3C XML Schema
* Gain a working knowledge of key technologies used for narrative XML documents such as web pages, books, and articles technologies likeXSLT, Xpath, Xlink, Xpointer, CSS, and XSL-FO
* Build data-intensive XML applications
* Understand the tools and APIs necessary to build data-intensive XML applications and process XML documents, including the event-based Simple API for XML (SAX2) and the tree-oriented Document Object Model (DOM)
This powerful new edition is the comprehensive XML reference. Serious users of XML will find coverage on just about everything they need, from fundamental syntax rules, to details of DTD and XML Schema creation, toXSLT transformations, to APIs used for processing XML documents. XML in a Nutshell also covers XML 1.1, as well as updates to SAX2 and DOM Level 3 coverage. If you need explanation of how a technology works, or just need to quickly find the precise syntax for a particular piece, XML in a Nutshell puts the information at your fingertips.
Simply put, XML in a Nutshell is the critical, must-have reference for any XML developer.
XML in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
If you’re a developer working with XML, you know there’s a lot to know about XML, and the XML space is evolving almost moment by moment. But you don’t need to commit every XML syntax, API, or XSLT transformation to memory; you only need to know where to find it. And if it’s a detail that has to do with XML or its companion standards, you’ll find it–clear, concise, useful, and well-organized–in the updated third edition of XML in a Nutshell
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