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Building Xml Applications (Webdev) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

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1 Jun 1999 0071341161 978-0071341165 illustrated edition
This title is designed for software developers involved in building XML applications. It covers functions, source codes and examples in order to equip the reader with the knowledge to build competent and solid applications.

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  • Paperback: 551 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; illustrated edition edition (1 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071341161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071341165
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.6 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,111,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Applications with XML and Java
XML promises to revolutionize the Web and the nature of distributed computing. XML holds enormous promise as the file format of choice for Web development, document interchange, and data interchange, and presents a new world of opportunities and challenges to programmers. What Java is doing for programming, XML may do for data. Combining the two, as is done throughout this book, makes it possible to build exciting (and useful!) applications and architectures.

Building XML Applications provides developers with a solid introduction to XML and key programming tools for building robust, scalable XML applications in Java. After a thorough introduction to XML's place in the developer's toolkit and its syntax, Building XML Applications presents detailed coverage of parsers, a key tool for developers. Focusing on Java development, the sample applications use the Simple API for XML (SAX) to create parser-independent solutions that can fit in a wide variety of situations. Other XML tools, like style sheets, namespaces, linking, and the Document Object Model (DOM) are also explored, giving developers a friendly but approachable introduction to these revolutionary technologies.

Topics covered include:

Why XML and Java? ** SGML, HTML, XML and the Web ** XML, Client-Server, and Distributed Development ** Creating Simple XML Documents ** Complex Well-Formed XML Documents ** Building Valid Documents ** DTD Power Tools ** Tools in development: Styles, Namespaces, XPointer, and XLink ** Overview of Java XML Parsers ** Introduction to the AElfred XML Parser ** Introduction to the MSXML Parser ** The Simple API for XML (SAX) ** XML Error Handling ** Building Simple XML Browsers ** A Weather Reporter Applet ** A CDF Site Map Applet ** A PGML Viewer Application ** Map Navigation with XLink ** Managing Preferences with XML ** E-Commerce and XML to HTML transformations ** Quick Reference Guides for AElfred, MSXML, and SAX

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2.0 out of 5 stars I am thinking about getting an another book 7 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book roughly covers 3 topics: XML Syntax, how to build XML application, and some examples of the application.
As for my background, I have a developed a HTML webpage for a business and have a CS degree.
To my disappointment, this book make it almost impossible to learn XML. First, the authors introduce the terms that they are not going to explain for several chapters, which make it difficult to follow. Second, the authors' explinations are so fragmented that I don't know how to create a XML page even after I read AND understand the XML syntax section.
I have learned many lanuges, including HTML, LaTex, and UNIX man page format. I only had this much trouble picking up a language when the book is poorly written.
If you have an extensive background on XML and are desparate for some examples of building XML application, this book *perhaps* can help you. If you are not an expert on XML, save your money for better books. And for those who will decide to buy this book anyway, just remeber my words "I told you so" when you are in line trying to return this book.
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Building XML Applications is your guide into this robust and flexible markup language which is revolutionizing the way information is presented, stored, and processed. With XML and Java, you can create the next generation of distributed Internet/Network applications.
This book clearly explains XML and also walks you through the creation of real applications. Content-based structure and flexibility is at the core of XML, permitting the creation of documents with content bearing meaning for both humans and computers. Focusing on learning through examples, this book will show developers how to create financial, document management and electronic commerce XML applications to address real programming needs. Understand how:
XML applications are organized and structured
Java and XML are integrated into a powerful tool set
Information standards are created with XML.
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I was looking for a book that gave me a brief overview of the XML specs and then some examples of how to use it. This book delivers with the appropriate focus on Java. The authors do a good job of covering several different parsers and parsing methods and provide solid information on SAX. As a beginning Java programmer, I found this book to be very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 4 Sep 1999
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I recommend this book. It probably shouldn't be your first, or only book on XML though. For example, it doesn't go into much detail about designing/creating DTD's, or at least wasn't very clear in that aspect. However, for me, it served it's purpose well, to show me how to use XML, doing so using some small but practical problems.
I'm very satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid & informative 12 July 1999
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I just got the book and am pleasantly surprised to find it interesting, helpful, and understandable. I bought XML and Java: Developing Web Applications at the same time and was very disappointed in it. I'm pleased to report on a great book.
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