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By Jon Duckett, Andrew Watt, Danny Ayers, Eric Van Der Vlist, Joe Fawcett, David Hunter, Jeff Rafter, Linda McKinnon

While the 1st variation of this publication was once written, XML was once a comparatively new language yet already gaining floor quick and changing into a growing number of typical in an unlimited diversity of functions. by the point of the second one version, XML had already confirmed itself to be greater than a passing fad, and used to be actually getting used in the course of the for an extremely wide selection of makes use of. With the 3rd variation, it used to be transparent that XML was once a mature know-how, yet extra vital, it turned obtrusive that the XML panorama was once dividing into a number of components of workmanship. Now during this version, we would have liked to categorize the expanding variety of requirements surrounding XML, which both use XML or offer performance as well as the XML middle specification.
So what's XML? It’s a markup language, used to explain the constitution of information in significant methods. at any place that facts is input/output, kept, or transmitted from one position to a different, is a possible healthy for XML’s services. possibly the main famous functions are web-related (especially with the newest advancements in hand held internet access—for which many of the expertise is XML-based). despite the fact that, there are lots of different non-web-based functions for which XML is useful—for instance, instead for (or to enrich) conventional databases, or for the move of monetary info among companies. information agencies, besides members, have additionally been utilizing XML to distribute syndicated information tales and web publication entries.
This publication goals to coach you all you must learn about XML—what it really is, the way it works, what applied sciences encompass it, and the way it might top be utilized in numerous events, from uncomplicated information move to utilizing XML on your web content. It solutions the basic questions:
* What is XML?
* How do you employ XML? * How does it paintings?
* What are you able to use it for, besides?
This booklet is for those that comprehend that it'd be an excellent suggestion to benefit XML yet aren’t one hundred pc convinced why. You’ve heard the hype yet haven’t visible sufficient substance to determine what XML is and what it may possibly do. you'll be utilizing improvement instruments that attempt to conceal the XML in the back of consumer interfaces and scripts, yet you need to recognize what's quite occurring backstage. you'll already be one way or the other fascinated with internet improvement and possibly even be aware of the fundamentals of HTML, even though neither of those skills is de facto important for this publication.
What you don’t desire is wisdom of markup languages in most cases. This ebook assumes that you’re new to the idea that of markup languages, and we now have based it in a fashion that are supposed to make experience to the newbie and but quick convey you to XML professional prestige.
The notice “Beginning” within the identify refers back to the kind of the publication, instead of the reader’s adventure point. There are forms of newbie for whom this publication is perfect:
* Programmers who're already acquainted with a few internet programming or information alternate recommendations. Programmers during this type will already comprehend a number of the options mentioned the following, yet you'll learn the way you could include XML applied sciences to augment these recommendations you presently improve.
* Those operating in a programming atmosphere yet with out massive wisdom or event of net improvement or information trade functions. as well as studying how XML applied sciences could be utilized to such purposes, you'll be brought to a couple new ideas that can assist you know how such structures paintings.

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Because many validation tools require programming experience or large downloads, the examples in this section instead use Codeplot. Codeplot can also be used to check the well-formedness of your XML documents, to transform XML documents using XSLT, and to assist you in coding XHTML, CSS, and SVG. The editor is free and was built using many of the techniques described in this book. Programming Languages We have tried to demonstrate the ubiquity of XML throughout the book. Some of the examples are specific to Windows, but most of the examples include information on working with other platforms, such as Linux.

Chapter 12: Simple API for XML (SAX) An alternative to the DOM for programmatically manipulating XML data is to use the Simple API for XML (SAX) as an interface. This chapter shows how to use SAX and utilizes examples from the Java SAX API. Part VI: Communication Sending and receiving data from one computer to another is often difficult, but several technologies have been created to make communication with XML much easier. In this part we discuss RSS and content syndication, as well as web services and SOAP.

Why go to the trouble of creating an XML document? ” That way, your application could still read the data, but the file size would be much smaller. As a partial answer, suppose that we want to add a middle name to our example: John Fitzgerald Doe 10 Chapter 1: What Is XML? Okay, no problem. We’ll just modify our rules to say that everything after the first space and up to the second space is the middle name, and everything after the second space is the last name. However, if there is no second space, we have to assume that there is no middle name, and the first rule still applies.

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