XML Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools

XML Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools

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by Michael Fitzgerald
     
 

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Developers and system administrators alike are uncovering the true power of XML, the Extensible Markup Language that enables data to be sent over the Internet from one computer platform to another or one application to another and retain its original format. Flexible enough to be customized for applications as diverse as web sites, electronic data interchange,

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Developers and system administrators alike are uncovering the true power of XML, the Extensible Markup Language that enables data to be sent over the Internet from one computer platform to another or one application to another and retain its original format. Flexible enough to be customized for applications as diverse as web sites, electronic data interchange, voice mail systems, wireless devices, web services, and more, XML is quickly becoming ubiquitous.XML Hacks is a roll-up-your-sleeves guide that distills years of ingenious XML hacking into a complete set of practical tips, tricks, and tools for web developers, system administrators, and programmers who want to go far beyond basic tutorials to leverage the untapped power of XML.With plenty of useful real-world projects that illustrate how to define, read, create, and manipulate XML documents, XML Hacks shows readers how to put XML's power to work on the Internet and within productivity applications. Each Hack in this book can be read easily in a few minutes, saving programmers and administrators countless hours of searching for the right answer. And this is an O'Reilly Hacks book, so it's not just practical, imminently useful, and time-saving. It's also fun.From Anatomy of an XML Document to Exploring SOAP Messages XML Hacks shows you how to save time and accomplish more with fewer resources. If you want much more than the average XML user--to explore and experiment, do things you didn't know you could do with XML, discover clever shortcuts, and show off just a little--this invaluable book is a must-have.

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Got a job to do with XML? Look it up in XML Hacks. Absorb the insights, review the examples, follow the instructions, and you’re done.

Some of the volumes in O’Reilly’s Hacks series take you into previously uncharted territory. This one focuses on 100 mainstream, core tasks: the stuff developers, content specialists, Web pros, and power users encounter most often. Some of it’s basic (but crucial to newcomers): styling XML documents with CSS, converting plain text files to XML with xmlspy, converting HTML to XHTML with HTML Tidy. Some of it’s sophisticated: using Cocoon; processing XML using DOM, SAX, Genx, or C#’s System.Xml namespace.

In between, Michael Fitzgerald covers the waterfront: transformations, vocabularies, schema languages, even RSS feeds. Simply put, this book is your shortcut to the XML solution you need today. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449397753
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/27/2004
Series:
Hacks
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
482
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Fitzgerald is Professor of Child Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has published over 100 papers and edited or co-edited ten books.  He specialises in Autism and ADHD.

Michael Gill is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and head of the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group.

Mark Bellgrove is Research Fellow in the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry and the Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin.  He is currently leading the first genotype/phenotype study of ADHD to be conducted in Ireland.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very useful if you already deal with XML and need help with occasional tricky points. While you could try to learn XML from this book, I wouldn't suggest it. Whereas, if you already have some familiarity with DTDs, schemas and other topics like SOAP and Open Office, then the book is potentially far more useful. Perhaps the most intricate parts of the book deal with using XSLT to process XML documents. Trouble is, the XSLT usage can be very convoluted and non-obvious, unless you know it thoroughly. The hacks Fitzgerald describe that involve XSLT are neat. But, perhaps by necessity, they only hint at the depths beneath. Overall, the book shows the ever-growing scope of XML. From interacting with SQL databases to the Microsoft Office suite, to news feeds like RSS. The book is excellent motivation for gaining fluency in XML.