The Essential Guide to XML Technologies

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The up-to-the-minute XML briefing for every nontechnical professional and business decision-maker

Companies worldwide are discovering the extraordinary value of XML technology—and professionals of all types are suddenly discovering that they must understand XML to achieve their business goals. Now there's a complete, non-technical briefing on XML technology that cuts through the hype and focuses on what ...

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Overview

The up-to-the-minute XML briefing for every nontechnical professional and business decision-maker

Companies worldwide are discovering the extraordinary value of XML technology—and professionals of all types are suddenly discovering that they must understand XML to achieve their business goals. Now there's a complete, non-technical briefing on XML technology that cuts through the hype and focuses on what nonprogrammers need to know. The Essential Guide to XML Technologies explains what XML is, how it works, exactly what problems it can solve—and how you can use it for competitive advantage.

  • How XML differs from HTML and other previous markup technologies
  • Real-world case studies: manufacturing, publishing, and many more
  • XML applications in both e-business and "bricks-and-mortar" companies
  • Using XML to simplify enterprise application integration
  • Advanced XML applications: trading exchanges, "digital dashboards," and more
  • Building wireless, portable, and voice-based applications with XML
  • Industry-specialized XML languages: finance, e-business, media, security, and beyond
  • The politics of XML-inside your organization, and throughout the industry
  • Where XML is headed: tomorrow's standards and applications
  • Includes XML markup examples from many real-world applications-with structured "talkthroughs" explaining how they work

Written for everyone from managers to marketers, this book doesn't just provide a snapshot of where XML is now. It helps you project XML's long-term impact on your company, take control of your XML initiatives, and leverage the full power of this remarkabletechnology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130655653
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/4/2002
  • Series: Essential Guide Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Major Themes 1
Ch. 1 Why XML 9
Ch. 2 What's the Difference Between ...? 23
Ch. 3 What's the Really Big Idea? 31
Ch. 4 How Does XML Solve the Digital Problem 47
Ch. 5 XML as Workflow 57
Ch. 6 XML as Knowledge 69
Pt. 2 Core Technologies 77
Ch. 7 Elements and Attributes to Expose Content 79
Ch. 8 Getting Personal - Attributes 93
Ch. 9 Well-formed XML 101
Ch. 10 Why a Type Definition? 113
Ch. 11 The Self-Describing XML Tree 127
Ch. 12 XML Schemas 137
Ch. 13 Entities 167
Ch. 14 Xpath 183
Ch. 15 XML Namespaces 199
Ch. 16 Transforming Your Data with XSLT 207
Ch. 17 XSLT for Adaptive Content 241
Ch. 18 XSL for Format 263
Ch. 19 XLink and Xpointer 283
Pt. 3 XML At Work 305
Ch. 20 XML At Work: Manufacturing 307
Ch. 21 XML At Work: Extensible Business Reporting Language 321
Ch. 22 XML AT Work: Security 331
Ch. 23 XML At work: Law and the Courts 345
Ch. 24 XML At Work: WAP & WML 363
Ch. 25 It's Up to You: Ten Questions You Should Ask About XML 371
Index 379
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Preface

Preface

The Essential Guide to XML Technologies is intended to help you understand XML and to articulate the XML story in a way that makes sense to a manager, decision-maker, or decision influencer. Not that there has been any lack of articulation about XML! XML evangelists, consultants and developers have spared neither words nor slicks to impress upon us that XML is "neat stuff," a really-nice-to-have. Marketeers furthermore have touted this or that XML tool for easier, more cost-effective management and processing of data. Yet very few have offered a sober justification for XML as a need-to-have. The Essential Guide to XML Technologies offers many explicit lists of XML benefits and reasons why XML makes good business sense.

The Essential Guide to XML Technologies situates XML in the information technology (IT) landscape: what is XML exactly and what kind of problems can we expect it to solve? XML is not a product or a format or a browser add-on. It is not something that you simply download and install. Instead it forms an integral part of the IT "sandwich," freeing information to move much more freely across platforms, throughout the enterprise, and between Internet-connected organizations. The Essential Guide to XML Technologies seeks to demonstrate how XML makes that possible.

No innovation in IT comes without a management price tag. Beyond the obvious costs for upgraded tools and data management systems, there are inevitable expenses for training and job redefinitions. Although XML's most visible impact is on the data it supports, the most profound impact of XML is likely to be on information workflow. Managed correctly andwith foresight, both types of impact can be favorable. The Essential Guide to XML Technologies is meant to help the IT manager foresee these visible and not-so-visible impacts within the organization.

The decision to launch an XML-based initiative can have far-reaching consequences for an organization, hopefully good consequences. But it would be irresponsible to delegate that decision to technicians and programmers who do not have a feel for the larger picture. So the IT manager as XML decision maker may likely be in an awkward position, needing to comprehend the specialists' arguments for XML without understanding its basic terminology and paradigms. The Essential Guide to XML Technologies can serve as a survival kit of essential terms and concepts-those pieces that are necessary for a sensible decision. Furthermore, the many executive-level views of XML code examples in The Essential Guide to XML Technologies removes any possible psychological shock of viewing "raw XML." Nothing that an XML specialist displays should now be a total surprise to the manager.

My motivation for this book began with a defining event at the first national XML meeting (Seattle," XML, The Conference 1998"). It was actually a minor incident, an exchange during the Q&A following a presentation. A printing specialist had come to the conference with the unreasonable hope that XML would solve some of his industry's intractable problems. After the attendee and presenter had each repeated themselves three times, the frustrated presenter put him down with a slightly rude remark and the printer left the room in disgust. The underlying problem in that encounter was two-fold: (1) XML had not yet been presented accurately in terms that made sense to this attendee and (2) the attendee had not yet been sufficiently informed to ask the right questions about XML. The same problem persists even now. The Essential Guide to XML Technologies confronts this on-going issue for the manager in two ways: (1) presenting XML in terms that make business sense and (2) helping the manager to ask the right questions.

XML is a pervasive cluster of technologies, far more than just the Next Big Thing. No one now doubts that XML is here to stay, and its scope is expanding dramatically. Because it is so far-reaching, XML represents a body of knowledge that is impossible to capture in a single book. Nevertheless The Essential Guide to XML Technologies should provide the reader with a satisfying sense of having gotten the big picture.

I sincerely hopes that the conversation begun in this book will continue. Feel free to contact me at RonT@Soph-Ware.com. Tell me what's going on in your IT workplace.

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