Xml by Example: Building E-Commerce Applications
(Charles F. Goldfarb Series on 
Open Information Management)

by Sean McGrath


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Availability: This title usually ships within 24 hours. Paperback - 450 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (June 1998); Prentice Hall Computer Books; ISBN: 0139601627; Dimensions (in inches): 1.46 x 9.22 x 6.98; Amazon.com Sales Rank: 2,420; Avg. Customer Review:**** ; Number of Reviews: 8


      Sean McGrath makes understanding XML simple by gently easing his readers into the topic. His overview discusses what XML is and how it differs philosophically from HTML without competing with it. This introduction shows why XML is generating such excitement and how it will be of great importance to electronic commerce.

      Next, McGrath demonstrates XML in action in an electronic-commerce environment. His conversational style leads the reader through what could be very dry topics, such as publishing databases with XML or using Channel Definition Format (CDF) to create a push-publishing channel. His friendly tone is all the handier in the section that examines XML and related standards.

      The final section looks at three e-commerce initiatives based on XML--Open Financial Exchange, Electronic Data Exchange, and Open Trading Protocol. An enclosed CD-ROM contains an excellent collection of XML e-commerce development tools and useful reference material. The book's editor, Charles Goldfarb, is the developer of SGML, the parent mark-up language upon which XML is based. --Elizabeth Lewis

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      XML by Example: Building E-Commerce Applications demonstrates XML's powerful E-commerce capabilities by walking you through the construction of a real-world catalog application - start to finish. Along the way, you'll learn virtually every key technique for building XML-based E-commerce sites.

      The author, Sean Mc Grath (sean@digitome.com) , May 30, 1998
      XML is, for me, the most exciting development on the World Wide Web since...well, since the World Wide Web!

      Although it is not limited in scope to the burgeoning field of Electronic Commerce XML has a vital role to play in it.

      In this book I explain XML and related technologies via e-commerce based examples.

      The book is themed around the concept of an e-business selling Personal Computers from a Web Site. Every aspect of the business from accounts to marketing can benefit from the power of XML. XML applications covered include CDF (Push Publishing), OFX (Open Financial Exchange) and OTP (Open Trading Protocol).

      The book also covers technologies closely associated with XML such as XLL (Hypertext Linking) XSL (Stylesheets) and Unicode (Internationalisation).

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