XML Highlights from Around the Web

Best of the Web: XML

Interactive Microsoft SQL Server & XML Online Tutorial

From TopXML.com: This tutorial will introduce you to using XML with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and guide you through the concepts and techniques of how to read and write data using XML with SQL Server 2000.

Build an XML-based Tree Control with JavaScript

From DevX.com: Tree controls provide a hierarchical view of data and XML provides a way to structure data hierarchically, so viewing XML data as a tree structure is a natural fit. But browsers don't provide a tree control. Instead, use this mix of XML, XSLT, JavaScript, and CSS to produce an extensible HTML tree control.Using XML classes in .Net

From TopXML.com: This article shows how to make the new .Net XML classes more intuitive and streamlined in a wrapper class.

XML Transactions for Web Services

From XML.com: This three-part series of articles describes and demonstrates transactional Web services, elaborates why and when we may require web service transactions, and explains how WS-Coordination and WS-Transaction address the transactional requirements of Web services.

Learn to Use XML with DB2

From DevX.com: If you need to store XML data in DB2, translate XML to relational data, or shred relational data into XML, the XML Extender for DB2 is an essential utility. But it's not always straightforward. Find out what it can do and what problems to expect.

Prototyping One-to-Many Links with XSLT

From XML.com: In his latest Transforming XML adventure, Bob DuCharme explains how to use XSLT to experiment with one-to-many hypertext links.

Named Character Elements for XML

From XML.com: Introducing xmlchar, a new library for using XML elements to provide human readable names for special characters in XML documents.

Generating XML and HTML using XQuery

From XML.com: XQuery is often described as a query language for processing XML databases. But it's also a very nice language for generating XML and HTML, including Web pages.

Date Sorting in pure XSLT

From TopXML: Shows how to sort by date in a case where the date format seems complex and unsuitable for direct sorting. Proves that no extension function is necessary to solve this task.

Trim() as a single XPath expression

From TopXML: This snippet shows how to implement the trim() function as a single XPath expression. Also calculated as subexpressions are the lengths of the leading and trailing group of spaces.

Modeling biz docs in XML

From InfoWorld: Unlocking Office 11's XML features means coming to grips with its data definition language, XML Schema. That won't be easy, but the sooner we start, the better. The future of Web services depends on our ability to model business documents in XML.

Final Stretch for W3C XForms

From XMLhack.com: The W3C has announced the publication of XForms 1.0 as a Candidate Recommendation, along with a call for implementations.

Exploring alternative syntaxes for XML

From IBM: XML's syntax has brought many benefits due to its interoperability, yet it can be tiresome to author XML documents. Edd Dumbill examines a range of alternative syntaxes for XML, and discusses their benefits and drawbacks.

Book Excerpt: Get the Basics on "XHTML"

From DevX.com: HTML and its XML-based descendant, XHTML, are the fundamental languages for working on the Web, and the new edition of this popular HTML guide offers Web developers a better way to become fluent in these languages.

An Introduction to WSIL

From O'Reilly's OnJava: The Web Service Inspection Language (WSIL) is an XML document format to facilitate the discovery and aggregation of Web service descriptions in a simple and extensible fashion.

SQL Server 2000, XML, and XSL: The Ultimate Combination

From DevGuru.com: This tutorial, by Mitchell Harper, explains the uses of the powerful new XML support offered by SQL Server 2000.

The Web's future: XHTML 2.0

From IBM's XML Zone: This article takes a sneak peek at what's new in XHTML 2.0 and how you might one day put it to use. Readers should be familiar with HTML and/or XHTML 1.0. Familiarity with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is helpful, but not required.

Printing from XML: An Introduction to XSL-FO

From O'Reilly's XML.com: Dave Pawson, author of O'Reilly's book on XSL-FO, provides a simple introduction to creating printable page layouts with W3C XSL Formatting Objects.

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