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XML : a manager's guide
Dick, Kevin, 1969-
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Publication Information:
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, [2000]

Physical Description:
xix, 185 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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Extensible Markup Language (XML) is revolutionizing Web content, electronic commerce, and enterprise computing. As with most technology revolutions, the concept behind XML is deceptively simple - to provide a standardization for specifying the meaning of information exchanged over networks. However, the implications for such a capability ripple throughout the entire field of distributed computing. Organizations, applications, and individuals can communicate far more effectively if they agree on the structure and meaning of information. XML was specifically designed to facilitate such communication over the Internet. Its rapid adoption is taking Web content beyond page layout, e-commerce to a new level of sophistication, and enterprise software into an era of true interoperability. This book serves as a concise guide for technical managers, as well as a starting point for developers interested in taking advantage of XML. It uses clear explanations of XML essentials as a foundation to demonstrate how this technology can substantially benefit your organization. Designed to let you access exactly the information you require, this book clearly delineates different paths through the chap

Author Notes

Kevin Dick is the founder of Kevin Dick Associates, a software technology consulting firm

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Purpose of This Bookp. xv
Who Should Read This Bookp. xvi
Organization of This Bookp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
1. The Internet Crisis: Exchanging Information
Connections Without Understandingp. 1
Convergence of Information Exchange Problemsp. 7
Metadata Standard Is a First Stepp. 13
Shard Context Standard Delivers True Understandingp. 14
The XML Approachp. 16
2. XML Basics
Executive Summaryp. 21
Jumping Inp. 22
XML Conceptual Modelp. 24
Introducing Elementsp. 29
Introducing Attributesp. 33
Creating an "Order" in XMLp. 35
Introducing Document Typesp. 39
Introducing Entitiesp. 49
Technical Summaryp. 51
3. Related Standards
Executive Summaryp. 53
Overview of Namespacesp. 56
Overview of XPath, XPointer, and XQueryp. 62
Overview of XSLp. 69
Overview of XLinkp. 82
Overview of XML Schemap. 88
Technical Standardsp. 95
Infrastructure Standardsp. 96
Technical Summaryp. 99
4. XML Messaging and Web Services
Executive Summaryp. 101
Motivationp. 104
Protocol Design Problemp. 106
Messaging Architecturesp. 109
Major Web Services Initiativesp. 114
Other Web Services Initiativesp. 129
5. XML Software Infrastructure
Executive Summaryp. 139
Fundamental Componentsp. 142
Storage Systemsp. 148
Server Infrastructurep. 151
Data-Oriented Componentsp. 161
Content-Oriented Componentsp. 166
Design Toolsp. 171
Infrastructure Selection Strategyp. 172
6. Processes and People
Executive Summaryp. 175
XML Applications and Changep. 176
Content Documentsp. 179
Business Documentsp. 187
Data Documentsp. 197
Common Issuesp. 203
7. Five XML Applications for Enterprises
Executive Summaryp. 215
Workforce Automationp. 216
Knowledge Managementp. 221
Trading Partner Coordinationp. 226
Application Integrationp. 233
Data Integrationp. 237
8. Five XML Applications for Vendors
Executive Summaryp. 243
Flexible Content Provisioningp. 244
Information Aggregationp. 250
Application Servicesp. 255
Configuration and Logging Filesp. 259
Distributed Protocolp. 262
Glossaryp. 267
Indexp. 279