The ability to transform data from one domain to another is highly desirable. As we've seen, it allows for the migration of useful data from an application into a format that suits a more visual medium. Java provides powerful tools and technologies that allow easy access to parsing and data transformation facilities. No longer is the technology of parsers the preserve of compiler and operating system developers: The technology of XSLT and stylesheets opens the area of advanced parsing to the developers of software that can run on a wide range of devices.
Stephen Morris is the CEO of Omey Communications, in Ireland. For the last 15 years, he has worked for some of the world's biggest networking companies on a wide range of software projects, including J2EE/J2SE-based network management systems, billing applications, porting/developing SNMP entities, network device technologies, and GSM mobile networking applications. He holds a master's degree (by research) in computer science and currently has three patents pending (two U.S., one UK) in the area of network management. In 2003, Stephen wrote his first book, Network Management, MIBs and MPLS: Principles, Design and Implementation (Prentice Hall PTR, 2003, ISBN 0131011138). He has also written numerous articles on network management and other topics for InformIT and OnJava.com. Stephen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.