From the Back Cover
"This volume offers relentlessly pragmatic solutions to help your business applications get the most out of XML, with a breezy style that makes the going easy. Mike has lived this stuff; he has a strong command of the solutions and the philosophy that underlies them."
--Eve Maler, XML Standards Architect, Sun Microsystems
Businesses running legacy applications that do not support XML can face a tough choice: Either keep their legacy applications or switch to newer, XML-enhanced applications. XML presents both challenges and opportunities for organizations as they struggle with their data.
Does this dilemma sound familiar? What if you could enable a legacy application to support XML? You can. In Using XML with Legacy Business Applications,
e-commerce expert Michael C. Rawlins outlines usable techniques for solving day-to-day XML-related data exchange problems. Using an easy-to-understand cookbook approach, Rawlins shows you how to build XML support into legacy business applications using Java and C++. The techniques are illustrated by building converters for legacy formats. Converting CSV files, flat files, and X12 EDI to and from XML will never be easier!
Inside you'll find:
- A concise tutorial for learning to read W3C XML schemas
- An introduction to using XSLT to transform between different XML formats
- Simple, pragmatic advice on transporting XML documents securely over the Internet
For developers working with either MSXML with Visual C++ or Java and Xerces:
- See Chapter 3 for a step-by-step guide to enabling existing business applications to export XML documents
- See Chapter 2 for a step-by-step guide to enabling existing business applications to import XML documents
- See Chapter 5 for code examples and tips for validating XML documents against schemas
- See Chapter 12 for general tips on building commerce support into an application
For end users who need a simple and robust conversion utility:
- See Chapter 7 for converting CSV files to and from XML
- See Chapter 8 for converting flat files to and from XML
- See Chapter 9 for converting X12 EDI to and from XML
- See Chapter 11 for tips on how to use these techniques together for complex format conversions
The resource-filled companion Web site (www.rawlinsecconsulting.com/booksupplement) includes executable versions of the utilities described in the book, full source code in C++ and Java, XSLT stylesheets, bug fixes, sample input and output files, and more.
About the Author
Michael C. Rawlins has more than twenty years of information technology consulting experience in a variety of industries. He is the founder of Rawlins EC Consulting and has served as the vice chair of the Communications and Controls subcommittee of ANSI ASC X12 for three years. Before founding Rawlins EC Consulting, Michael worked as a consultant with the Digital Equipment Corporation.