Applied XML: a toolkit for programmers by Alex Ceponkus

By Alex Ceponkus

Having a look previous a lot of the hype surrounding XML, utilized XML presents a real-world advisor to the XML utilized in the newest browsers and server-side strategies. Approachable but full of worthwhile specifics approximately XML criteria, this e-book fills a helpful area of interest for any IS specialist, together with Java developers.The striking characteristic here's the readability of the authors' presentation and their real-world examples utilizing present instruments. they begin off with the "big photograph" approximately XML and its capability for permitting ultra-modern organizations to constitution and bring facts over the web. The booklet then covers all of the fundamentals with a whole travel of the correct XML criteria like DTDs, XML DOM, and XSL (for exhibiting XML data).Because XML continues to be a reasonably new know-how, many books glide into idea. no longer so with utilized XML, which facilities on modern day 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 an internet buying website powered by means of ASPs and Java. there's additionally strong assurance of the XML rfile version, together with many transparent diagrams explaining the hierarchical association of XML information. If you have been baffled by way of extra summary reasons of XML, this consultant is pretty much as good as any for buying you began with this strong general. For the Java programmer, examples of utilizing Java to parse and exhibit XML information can also be useful.Now that XML has moved into the mainstream, it stands able to do genuine paintings on the net. Any IS specialist who's contemplating XML for providing company facts can take advantage of this able and effective journey of the benefits of XML for modern companies"

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35 - 4. For every request, the server has to spend a lot of resources formatting information. 5. Every page sent to the client invariably contains more formatting information than raw content. This results in large files and slow data transfers. All said and done, though, this solution, however clunky, works. Nevertheless it remains clunky, and, as your clientele increases, your Web server is going to get more and more bogged down over time. Your Web master will come to you very quickly with customer complaints about poor performance, and your competitors will start receiving some of your clients very quickly.

There is some variation in parsers—some are validating while others are not, and most are DOM compliant. Right now all companies would like you to be using their parser in the hopes that you will include it as a core component of whatever XML application you develop (then they can charge you royalties). Here’s a list of a few parsers that we used and were somewhat - 45 - comfortable with: • Microsoft’s XML parser (included in Internet Explorer 5) • Microsoft/Data Channel’s Java Parser • IBM’s XML for Java Languages Supported Virtually all programming languages have hooks into XML and the DOM.

The following are general guidelines for writing well formed XML documents. Case Sensitivity Unlike HTML, XML is case sensitive. You must be very careful when writing markup. Spelling mistakes can sometimes take a long time to detect, especially if you are using a plain text editor for creating your XML document. Closing Tags Another thing that the XML specification is rather picky about is that every open tag must be closed. So, though it’s quite acceptable to begin an HTML document with an tag and to not bother to close it, an XML parser will set off all kinds of red flags for not closing a tag.

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