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  • Paperback: 1026 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003584
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.3 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,715,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Besides a tutorial for learning how to use XML as an effective way to represent and transmit data across the Web, Professional XML Databases covers how to work with it in the current generation of Microsoft tools like Internet Explorer and SQL Server 2000. For any developer or manager who works with databases on the Windows platform, this book shows how you can delve into XML today for real projects.

With endorsements from virtually every major vendor (including Microsoft), XML looks to be a compelling standard for sharing corporate data between organisations. Professional XML Databases examines how to integrate XML into your organisation's database infrastructure. Early sections concentrate on the rules and strategies for designing effective XML documents (DTDs) which mimic traditional tables (including links between tables). By providing almost a dozen rules of how to do this correctly, you'll learn not only the basics of XML syntax but also the correct way to create DTDs that are efficient, easy to maintain and readable. (Further sections reverse this process and show how to create database tables based on XML.)

Subsequent sections cover many of the standards and APIs in today's XML, from XML Schemas, the XML W3C Document Object Model (DOM), the Simple API for XML (SAX), as well as related standards like XSLT, XPath and XPointer. A number of books cover these APIs, but this one provides a unique focus by examining Microsoft tools and its support for XML. This means coverage of Microsoft ADO (and ADO+, now called ADO.NET) for querying databases and packaging the results as XML. Sections on SQL Server 2000 highlight ways to use XML in this product, both as results and through XML views.

Closing sections explore options for working with XML for data warehousing and transmitting data efficiently across organisations. Sections on Java and the DBPrism (an open-source XML framework) help give this book a perspective which extends beyond the Microsoft platform.

For any database developer or designer who needs to create XML documents to share data in real projects, this advanced treatise on the right way to define and use XML will prove highly valuable. For anyone who uses SQL Server 2000, this book also points the way toward using XML standards in actual shipping products on the Microsoft platform. --Richard Dragan

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While this book will discuss some conceptual issues, its focus is on development and implementation. This is a book for programmers and analysts who are already famaliar with both XML and relational databases.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on 18 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Good summary of current XML technology from an RDBMS view point. Describes in detail the procedures for mapping a relational database to XML, and vice-versa. Up to date, and includes XML Schema.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A new and complete XML approach for DBA 3 Jan. 2001
By Maxime Bombardier - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally, a book that covers a different XML approach. This book earns its "Database" title right. Indeed, it has to go some XML basics but this book is hugely focused in bringing a practical Database end for XML instead of only explaining XML.
This book covers some SQL Server 2000 XML capabilities for both input and output; it will go over a series of step on HOW to bring a current database into a XML document with DTD; and in reverse, how to take an XML document and create a relational database with it; it goes over data transmission and marshalling; in short, it goes over many many things that DBA will have to go through.
(** at the moment of this review, January 2001, the Amazon Table of Content is definitely wrong (about some PERL book or something) **)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 19 Feb. 2001
By ad_crumenam - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you want to exploit SQL's support for XML, this is THE BOOK to buy. The book does NOT come with a CD, but the code samples can be downloaded from Wrox's site in a zip file. This book is not for the XML or SQL novice, but if you have a rudimentary education in either (as I do, I only started using SQL Server 2000 a couple of weeks ago) then you should be able to follow it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Best book available on XML and Databases 17 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the best book currently available on XML and databases. I especially like that it contains many practical examples. If you're using SQL Server 2000, the chapters on SQL XML are excellent. Even if you're not using that particular database, I think you will find this book a valuable resource.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good overview of new XML and database trends 21 April 2001
By Jeffrey Linwood - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read through this book at more of an advanced developer level, so I'm going to treat it from that level.
The chapter on XQuery was great; it answered many of my questions concisely. There is very little information on the web about XQuery outside the site, so I was surprised to find such high quality information in a book.
XPath is also a newer API that is covered well in this book, giving you enough information to get your project going.
If you're planning to do any kind of development with XML coming in or going out of a relational database, this is an excellent book to buy. I also recommend Professional XML from Wrox and O'Reilly's XML in a nutshell.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Good summary for using XML in Microsoft environment 5 Feb. 2001
By Joel Rees, Media Fusion, KK - Published on
Format: Paperback
But we are working in a mixed environment, so this book was definitely not a be-all-end-all.
The initial (pre-printing) review gave me hope that the information on using XML with MS products would be primarily augmention, but the actual orientation of the book is rather that of preparing engineers with MS experience to use XML with the tools that they have.
Note that many of the code examples use VB.
I would suggest this book as a starting point for MS experienced engineers adding a few XML capabilities to existing databases.
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