Enterprise XML Clearly Explained

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9780126633559: Enterprise XML Clearly Explained

XML stands for Extensible Markup Language, which enables Web publishers and programmers to display information in ways that HTML cannot. XML lets programmers customize and adapt the language to best suit their needs, breaking free of current standards and the way browsers interpret code.
Enterprise XML Clearly Explained covers implementing XML in enterprise applications, such as data warehousing, databases, electronic commerce, and simplification of data retrieval. The book is written in a style that keeps the reader interested in the content without inundating him or her with a tremendous amount of technical information. This book sets out to introduce the reader to the technology and how it can be practically implemented within the enterprise. Application developers and Webmasters will appreciate the way it covers XML as a professional tool for enterprise development instead of as another trend. This book is aimed at information systems professionals, including database administrators, IS managers, application developers, and Webmasters. It will also prove valuable to IS professionals interested in implementing XML at their companies.

* Offers comprehensive and easy-to-read coverage of XML without being overwhelming
* Provides an in-depth discussion of XML implementation in enterprise application
* Covers XML and its application to enterprise computing
* Covers data warehousing and database connectivity, as well as XML-based searching

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Few recent developments on the Internet have held as much promise--and brought with them such hype--as the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). Robert Standefer's Enterprise XML Clearly Explained lives up to its title, with a clearly rendered tour of XML and related standards that are geared to the IT professional who wants to understand what XML is and what it's used for.

While many computer titles compete for maximum page count, this book makes it a point to remain economical in its presentation style. The history of markup languages from SGML to HTML and on to XML is explained from the very beginning. That's not to say that the tour of basic XML is simplistic; it's not. A number of standards (like XLinks, XPointers, and XML namespaces) that are still under construction also are described.

The book moves from theory to practice--first, by way of a survey of a number of today's XML tools. Then, XML as used in actual standards is discussed, such as the Chemical Markup Language for describing chemical formulas, and Microsoft's Channel Definition Format (CDF) for describing channels of "push" content. You also learn about how XML schemas and structured data (DVD database records are used in examples) are designed.

This book closes with a case study of an ASP-powered Web site (reviews of DVDs), using XML on the middle tier, formatted with XSL into HTML for browsers. This simple yet state-of-the-art sample helps cement the reader's understanding of XML. There's also good material that will help you grasp how XML is used in today's databases, such as Oracle and SQL Server. (Most readers will want to ignore 100+ pages of appendices, however, which are reprints of the XML 1.0 specification in full. This material likely will be nothing but intimidating to the XML novice.)

On the whole, Enterprise XML Clearly Explained accomplishes its stated mission. It's a digestible, intelligent guide to a cluster of standards that surround XML, which is a perfect choice for any IT manager or developer who's unsure about what XML is and what it can do for future Web-development efforts. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • History of XML, including SGML, HTML, and XML
  • Goals of XML
  • Structured data
  • Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
  • Valid and well-formed XML documents
  • Emerging XML standards (XLinks, XPointers, and namespaces)
  • Survey of XML tools (including xmlproc, Xparse, and DOMParser)
  • XML authoring tools and content management tools
  • Current XML standards
  • Extensible Forms Description Language (XFDL)
  • Vector Markup Language (VML)
  • Mathematical Markup Language
  • Microsoft's Channel Definition Format (CDF)
  • XML support in today's browsers
  • Server-side XML
  • XML Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Building XML with Visual Basic
  • Perl, Active Server Pages (ASPs), and PHP
  • XML and databases (Oracle and SQL Server)
  • Case study for DVD content Web site
  • Reference for XML 1.0 specification and Resource Description Framework (RDF)

From the Back Cover:

Extensible Markup Language (XML) enables Web publishers and programmers to display information in ways that HTML cannot by customizing and adapting the language to meet special needs. As people take advantage of this diverse language, XML is quickly becoming the key for enterprise database companies, vendors, and consultants to connect and automate enterprise systems and databases. In short, XML creates interoperability and more integrated systems for any complex computer system. In Enterprise XML Clearly Explained, computer specialist Robert Standefer shows you how to implement XML in enterprise applications such as data warehousing, databases, electronic commerce, and the simplification of data retrieval. Written in a concise, enjoyable style, Enterprise XML Clearly Explained is ideal for the novice to XML without boring the experienced and will show you how to use this booming technology to benefit your organization.

Features:
* Offers comprehensive and easy-to-read coverage of XML without being overwhelming
* Appeals to IS managers, DBAs, and systems analysts interested in how XML can benefit their organization and what it takes to implement it
* Offers a topical discussion of several enterprise-class shrink wrapped applications that utilize XML and exploit its power
* Covers several XML-based markup languages such as Vector Markup Language (VML)
* Discusses how to use XML with programming languages, including ASP and Perl
* Provides an in-depth discussion of XML implementation in enterprise applications

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