XML and Web Services Unleashed


The complete and up-to-date XML Reference book on topics that matter.

Top authors from each "HOT" and emerging XML area drill deep to bring you competency and confidence within the areas of XML that are normally outside of your everyday world.

Code samples, examples and context make the XML developer comfortable and confident in launching ...

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The complete and up-to-date XML Reference book on topics that matter.

Top authors from each "HOT" and emerging XML area drill deep to bring you competency and confidence within the areas of XML that are normally outside of your everyday world.

Code samples, examples and context make the XML developer comfortable and confident in launching into new areas of XML

Authorship comes from Java, Microsoft and Open Source backgrounds to provide all sides of the story.

The Extensible Markup Language is changing the way that information is being stored and exchanged. It is also changing the very way that we think about data. XML Unleashed! allows the reader to unlock this new power and get well on the way towards developing XML applications and systems that enable their most important business processes, or the simplest visions for data representation and exchangeThis book covers all the necessary topics from the basics of Document Type Definitions (DTDs) to the more advanced topics in XML database integration and the semantic web. This book is designed to be the only XML book that the reader will ever need on their shelf. Ron Schmelzer, as the lead author, ties all the XML chapters and topics together for us just as he does with his organization "ZapThink". Founder and senior analyst of ZapThink, Ron Schmelzer is a well-known expert in the field of XML and XML-based standards and initiatives. Ron has been featured and written for periodicals, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences including XML One, Comdex, and Internet World on the topic of XML.

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According to a December 2001 research report, the market for web services platforms, development suites, and management tools will grow from $380 million in 2001 to more than $15.5 billion in 2005. Even if you take that with a grain of salt, or two, XML-based web services are going to be huge -- especially internally focused web services that address enterprise data integration.

In XML & Web Services Unleashed, leading web services developer and industry analyst Ron Schmelzer brings together a team of experts to cover XML web services from every perspective: standards, platforms, trends, coding, and more.

They begin with a comprehensive course in XML-based development, from validation and schemas to parsing with DOM and SAX, transformations with XSLT, formatting with XSL-FO, even SVG vector graphics. They move on to web services architecture and the key "building block" standards that make web services practical: SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI.

They review web services from both Microsoft's and Sun's perspectives, then walk through sample implementations for both e-commerce and wireless. Last but not least, they preview tomorrow's Semantic Web, which builds machine-processable meaning into data and applications -- enabling web services to accomplish more than ever before. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey–based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672323416
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 2/25/2002
  • Series: Unleashed Series
  • Pages: 1172
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.82 (d)

Meet the Author

RON SCHMELZER- (lead author) ties all the

TRAVIS VANDERSYPEN- Programmer with EPS Software corporation. Five years development experience in

JASON BLOOMBERG- Ashton Services. eBusiness industry expert and proven thought leader with over 6 years of technical hands-on and management experience with Internet/Web technology, and over 9 years of IT consulting experience. Program Director of on-line retail research for IDC Research, East Coast director of Technology for WaveBend.

SAM HUNTING- is truly an expert in

MADHU SIDDALINGAIAH- Madhu Siddalingaiah is a Physicist specializing in emerging technologies like Java and the Web. Over the past 10 years, Madhu has worked with world leaders in high technology fields which include satellite instrumentation, communications receivers, and 3D graphics. His former employers include NASA Goddard, Naval Research Laboratory, Watkins- Johnson (now part of BAE Systems), and Fairchild Space & Defense (now an Orbital division).

CHAD DARBY- the founder of J9 Consulting, a Java consulting firm. He has experience developing n-tier web applications for Fortune 500 companies and the Department of Defense. Chád has published articles in Java Report, Java Developer's Journal, and Web Techniques. He has also been an invited speaker at conferences including SD West 99,

MIKE QUALLS- Web Master for Minokc.com. Advanced ASP and Visual Basic Web Developer.

DAVID HOULDING- an Infrastructure Architect with eight years of design and development experience and a strong academic background. Experience with modeling, design and development of infrastructure for secure distributed object systems using web, wireless & voice accesstechnologies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Essentials of XML 5
1 XML in Context 7
2 The Fundamentals of XML 35
3 Validating XML with the Document Type Definition (DTD) 67
4 Creating XML Schemas 107
5 The X-Files: XPath, XPointer, and XLink 169
6 Defining XML Using Alternate Schema Representations 223
Pt. II Building XML-Based Applications 265
7 Parsing XML Using Document Object Model 267
8 Parsing XML Using SAX 309
9 Transforming XML with XSL 345
10 Integrating XML with Databases 405
11 Formatting XML for the Web 439
12 Interactive Graphical Visualizations with SVG 499
13 XML and Content Management 545
14 Architecting Web Services 591
15 Web Services Building Blocks: SOAP 629
16 Web Services Building Blocks: WSDL and UDDI 677
17 Leveraging XML in Visual Studio .NET 719
18 Using XML in the .NET Enterprise Servers 769
Pt. III Applied XML 811
19 Understanding XML Standards 813
20 Implementing XML in E-Business 847
21 Delivering Wireless and Voice Services with XML 889
22 Applied XML in Vertical Industry 941
Pt. IV The Semantic Web 995
23 RDF for Information Owners 997
24 The Semantic Web for Information Owners 1039
Pt. V Appendix 1069
A Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Second Edition) Specification 1071
Index 1133
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Good Reference But Misleading Title

    In the world of computer publishing, two brands stand out when you're talking compendiums. Wrox's big red Professional series and SAMS Unleashed in their now familiar orange. Usually hit and miss affairs, 90% of the people who buy this type of book need to dip in and out of it for bits of information. However it's often the case that the quality of the text across its entire length varies quite a bit. Happily, XML and Web Services Unleashed doesn't suffer from this, with its nine author crew well edited to form a unison chorus rather than a disjointed set of voices as can sometimes be the case. Its four sections cover most of the current undertakings in XML as well as laying a solid reference for newcomers and those who need a quick refresher. Part 1 sets the scene, covering XML and its immediate counterparts, DTDs and Schemas. We also find its search and link associates XPath, XLink and XPointer covered precisely and well in the following chapter. The approach is pretty standard but written well and information is easy to locate. The main part of the book is devoted to building XML-based Applications in Java should the need for non-XML code arise. Logically, this section starts by dealing with XML documents on their own and then how to marry XML into your own applications. The SAX and DOM APIs are covered, but for .NET users, the XML Streaming API is missing. XSL coverage is good but short, covering both XSLT and XSL-FO in 60 pages. Examples of their use continue to appear for several more chapters, but would it have been too much to turn this one chapter into two? Arguably the most important chapter in the section - Integrating XML with Databases - takes a very practical view but again is Java only. .NET users need to wait another seven chapters before a section on ADO.NET can be found hidden in the chapter on XML in Visual Studio .NET Skipping past chapters on SVG, XHTML and Content Management, we come to the highlight of the book - three chapters on web services. However, rather than teach us how to build them, the authors have elected to show us how they work, justifying first the architecture of the web services platform and then how SOAP, WSDL and UDDI tie into that structure. It's a great read and brimming with useful information, but best of all is that it gets you, as a programmer, thinking outside of the box. Indeed, Section 3 is all about giving you a better appreciation of how XML works and can be applied in today's industries. It covers some of the standards used in the vertical markets of today and how those standards are submitted and ratified, looking in detail at XML in E-Business. Reading this section sequentially, you really do get an appreciation of the scope and size of the efforts being made by XML developers across the world. Finally, Section 4 looks at the nascent efforts of the semantic web community, the justification for their existence and what they have managed so far. I said earlier that the editing of this book was good, but if there is a flaw, it's the choice of what to cover in the book. This particular tome tries to cover the past and the future of XML in addition to its present without fully covering any of the three. It also leans towards Java users - .NET and COM heads beware. Beyond the programming chapters though, this is as thorough an expose of XML in its many guises as you're likely to find and it's a good one too. But don't forget to check the table of contents before you buy it.This is XML Unleashed, not XML and Web Services Unleashed. A classic case of marketing misinformation, if ever there was one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    Very Comprehensive and Up-to-date

    Well, this book is hot off the presses as of the writing of this review, and it's a good thing, since the content is very well written and is extremely up-to-date! I was on the wait list for this book for a while, and was glad when I finally received it today. This book makes a good essential reference for anyone who is interested in developing using XML, Web Services, SAX, the JAX pack, etc. Certainly, it has helped me get off the ground and become a better XML developer! Topics covered in the book include: + Fundamentals of XML + DTDs, XML Schema, and alternatives including RELAX NG and SOX + XLink, XPath, and XPointer + XML Database integration and data modeling + Processing XML with SAX and DOM, with both Java and VB examples + XSLT and XSLT:FO + SVG and XHTML + Lots of Web Services Content including detail on SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, and implementation + Microsoft .NET code and implementation + Voice XML and WAP + XML Content Management + XML e-Business standards including RosettaNet, ebXML, OBI, and vertical industry standards including HL7, ACORD, XBRL, IFX, etc. + RDF and semantic web stuff So,this is really quite a detailed, comprehensive, and actually enjoyable to read book. I have now 7 XML books on my shelf, but they keep getting better ;) Worth it for newbies and experienced developers alike.

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