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XML Programming Bible Paperback – September 26, 2003

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ISBN-13: 078-5555866829 ISBN-10: 0764538292 Edition: 1st

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If XML can do it, you can do it too...

Here, at last, is a single reference that covers both Microsoft .NET and Java programming integration with XML. It will have you up and running quickly with a solid grounding in the most recent core and related specifications, then provide you with essential details for managing databases, financial transactions, XML security, and more. If you’re an information architect or developer, this is your one essential resource for structuring data with XML in application development, both on and off the Web.

Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of XML programming

  • Explore the full range of XML specifications, including new XML 1.1
  • Use XML with J2EE 1.4, the newest version of Microsoft .NET, and open source XML tools from Apache
  • Gain knowledge of both Microsoft .NET and Java™ programming integration with XML
  • Find out how XML excels in communication between applications in business settings where Java and .NET coexist
  • Examine extensive business examples, including several major applications developed throughout the book
  • Learn how to access and format XML data from SQL Server®, Oracle®, or DB2® databases
  • Transform relational XML output into other formats
  • Create and deploy .NET Web services and build a .NET Web services client
  • Apply authentication and security measures for Web services


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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 129)
  • Paperback: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764538292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764538292
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A Dollard on January 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Because I do a lot of XML and XSLT my shelves are littered with XML and XSLT books. Although the information I am looking for is somewhere on the shelf, I sometimes have a hard time finding it. The first part of the XML Programming Bible largely fixes this problem. It provides the core information in an easy to find manner. For example, the XML Schema (XSD) elements are alphabetically listed as a group instead of broken out on the basis of there task. It also includes the type of minutiae I occasionally can't avoid - like the long list of the current DOM working drafts. This part of the book hit the right slot for me between a primer and deeper reference texts that sometimes obscure basic information with more details than I want to accomplish a given task.
The second and third sections offer an overview of using XML in Office and J2EE respectively. The fourth section is an overview of interacting with relational data. This part is a light reference into technologies like SQLXML but it should be enough to get you started, such as interacting directly with SQL Sever with FOR XML and updategrams. The book ends with four sections on Web Services. The nice thing about the WebServices sections is that it covers a bunch of technologies used on both .NET and Java/Unix platforms. The coverage of individual technologies isn't deep, but it's enough to understand the basic approach and capabilities of each tool. I don't need this type of information often, but nothing previously on my shelf covered this range of technologies.
This isn't a book for rank XML beginners. It doesn't spend waste explaining well-known fundamentals or the grisly history of schemas. Nor is it an in depth reference on any of the topics it covers. But it captures the depth I need when I'm trying to remember some specific piece of information, need a quick review, or need to dive into something I haven't done before - like working with XML from Excel.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a follow-up to the XML 1.1 Bible review, I took a look at the XML Programming Bible by Brian Benz with John Durant (Wiley). For those who want to use XML within their application development (as opposed to just web pages), this is the perfect follow-on book to have.
The chapter breakout...
Part 1 - Introducing XML - XML Concepts; XML Documents; XML Data Format and Validation; XML Parsing Concepts; Parsing XML with DOM; Parsing XML with SAX; XSLT Concepts; XSL Transformations; XSL Formatting Objects
Part 2 - Microsoft Office and XML - Microsoft XML Core Services; Working with the MSXML DOM; Generating XML from MS Access Data; Creating an Excel Spreadsheet from an XML Data Source
Part 3 - XML Web Applications Using J2EE - XML Tools for J2EE: IBM, Apache, Sun, and Others; Xerces; Xalan; XML APIs from Sun
Part 4 - Relational Data and XML - Accessing and Formatting XML from SQL Server Data; Accessing and Formatting XML from Oracle Data; Accessing and Formatting XML from DB2; Building XML-Based Web Applications with JDBC; Transforming Relational XML Output into Other Formats
Part 5 - Introducing Web Services - Web Services Concepts; SOAP; WSDL; UDDI; Microsoft Web Services; J2EE Web Services
Part 6 - Microsoft .Net and Web Services - Creating and Deploying .Net Web Services; Accessing .Net Web Services; Building a .Net Web Services Client
Part 7 - Web Services and J2EE - Web Service Tools for J2EE: IBM, Apache, Sun, and Others; Web Services with the Sun Java Web Services Developer Pack; Apache Axis; Access Web Services from Java Applications
Part 8 - Advanced Web Services - Accessing Relational Data via Web Services; Authentication and Security for Web Services; Index
I think I got finger cramps just typing all that!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a graduate student who had "heard of" XML and was given a brief (as in a half of a powerpoint slide) introduction, I found myself in need of a XML reference book for the new job I had taken. My first choice was unavailable at the local Barnes & Noble so I picked up a few book and browsed the pages that were related to what I was going to be doing (updating parser and API code). Not only was able to find what I was looking for in this book, but in the twenty second glance that I gave it I noticed that the physical layout of the book was easy on the eyes.

The books pages seemed to be made of the same material most for-pleasure reading books are composed of instead of the college textbook type material. While that may seem trivial to some, what good is a book if the pages within it evoke memories of long, don't-want-to-read-five-more-chapters-but-I-have-to-study-for-test-in-six-hours days? Its still a reference book but every little bit helps.
Like the original, this bible uses examples to help illustrate the various topics covered in the book. The examples are to the point and pretty easy to understand, and where necessary, some screen shots are provided to help as well. The book also has a very comprehensive listing of methods, their parameters, details of their usage, and what APIs/languages/libraries support them. The contents are well laid out, most of the time you can simply just start skimming and quickly find what your looking for without even visiting the index.
In all honesty, if you have never programmed anything more than a VCR in your life, this book is probably not something that you should start with. However, if you are going to be doing anything XML related then this a very good book to have within arms reach.
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