Synopses & Reviews
XML by Example teaches Web developers to make the most of XML with short, self-contained examples every step of the way. The book presumes knowledge of HTML, the Web, Web scripting, and covers such topics as: Document Type Definitions, Namespaces, Parser Debugging, XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language), and DOM and SAX APIs. At the end, developers will review the concepts taught in the book by building a full, real-world e-commerce application.
Table of Contents
The by Example Series. Who Should Use This Book. This Book's Organization. Conventions Used in This Book.
1. The XML Galaxy.
Introduction. Where This Book Fits. A First Look at XML. A First Look on Document Structure. Markup Language History. Application of XML. Companion Standards. XML Software.
2. XML Syntax.
A First Look at the XML Syntax. Advanced Topics. Frequently Asked Questions About XML. Four Common Errors. Two Applications of XML. XML Editors.
3. XML Namespaces.
The Problem Namespaces Solves. Namespaces. URIs. Scoping. Digital Signature: An Example of Namespaces.
4. XML Models.
DTDs and XML Schemas. The DTD Syntax. Relationship Between the DTD and the Document. Advanced DTD Concepts. The Schema Syntax. Namespaces and Other Advanced Schema Concepts. Modeling XML Documents. Modeling Documents from an Object Model. Modeling from Scratch. A Tool to Help.
5. XSL Transformations.
Why Styling? XSL. Basic XSLT. Supporting Different Markup Languages. When and Where to Use Style Sheets. Advanced XSLT.
6. XSL Formatting Objects and Cascading Style Sheets.
Rendering XML Without HTML. The Basics of CSS and FO. Simple CSS. Simple FO. Flow Objects and Areas. Property Values. Box Properties. Text and Font Properties. Some Advanced Features. When Should You Use Which.
7. The Parser and DOM.
What Is a Parser? The Parser and the Application. Document Object Model. Getting Started with DOM. Managing the State. Common Errors and How to Solve Them. DOM and Java. DOM in Applications.
8. Alternative API: SAX.
Why Another API? SAX: The Power API. Commonly Used SAX Interfaces and Classes. Maintaining the State. Flexibility.
9. Writing XML.
The Parser Mirror. Modifying a Document with DOM. Exploring Netscape Support for DOM. DOM Methods to Create and Modify Documents. Creating a New Document with DOM. Using DOM to Create Documents. Creating Documents Without DOM. Doing Something with the XML Documents. Writing with Flexibility in Mind.
10. Important XML Models.
Structured and Extensible. XLink. XHTML. e-Commerce, XML/EDI, and ebXML. The Right Level of Abstraction. Attributes Versus Elements.
11. N-Tiered Architecture and XML.
What Is an N-Tiered Application? The XCommerce Application. How XML Helps. Programming SOAP. XCommerce Architecture. Server-Side Programming Language.
12. Putting It All Together: An e-Commerce Example.
Building XCommerce. First Tier: The Database. Second Tier: The SOAP Service. Third Tier: The Presentation Servlet. Utility Class: Comparing Strings.
Appendix A. Crash Course on Java.
Java in Perspective. Downloading Java Tools. Your First Java Application. Servlets. Your First Servlet. More Java Language Concepts.
Appendix B. DTD and XML Schema Simple Types.
Simple Types Supported by DTD. Simple Types Supported by XML Schema.