Insider's guide reveals the promise and the pitfalls inherent in every XML project... and what to do to make sure your project succeeds.
° XML isn't perfect. This book exposes critical deficiencies in XML, as well as
techniques for dealing with them.
° Hot topics including Web services, the XML standards maze, and XML performance limitations are covered.
° Megginson, the inventor of SAX, has been working with XML for over a decade; he has found limitations that require workarounds--he shares his wisdom here.
"Most books in this area are either beginners' guides, in-depth reference works to the foundational standards, or guides to using XML in particular environments or application areas. This book takes a broader approach for non-beginners and describes where XML can be used profitably in the real world. Highly recommended."
--Dr. Marc J. Hadley, Senior Staff Engineer, Web Technologies and Standards division, Sun Microsystems
"Imperfect XML is a thorough and engaging exploration of the issues XML practitioners are likely to face, with considered advice from one of the trailblazing authorities in the field."
--Neil Bradley, XML and Publishing Consultant and author of The XML Companion, The XSL Companion, and The XML Schema Companion
XML projects can fail for all kinds of reasons, from unrealistic overall goals to mishandled low-level technical decisions. Fortunately, one of the world's leading XML experts is ready to show you how to avoid XML pitfalls on your next project.
Since its invention, David Megginson has been helping to drive XML to new levels. He led the team that developed the SAX streaming API now used worldwide, has been a key contributor to the World Wide Web Consortium, and has served as a consultant to many of the world's leading companies, including Boeing, Reuters, and McGraw-Hill. Drawing on this vast experience, Megginson offers in this book expert solutions and problem-solving guidance for virtually any XML project challenge. You'll discover best practices for planning, budgeting, scheduling, and managing any XML project: content management, data interchange, legacy integration, or Web services. And you'll find technical insights that only an expert like Megginson can offer.
From start to finish, Imperfect XML presents a clear-eyed view of XML's advantages and limitations--and technical and management solutions proven to make it work.
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List of Tables.
List of Figures.
I. XML DECISION MAKING.
1. The Standards Maze.
The Advantages of Standardization.
The Disadvantages of Standardization.
XML Standards Players.
Final Words on Standards.
2. Planning an XML Project.
Components of an XML Project.
XML Project Pitfalls.
How XML Projects Can Succeed.
Final Words on Planning.
II. XML IMPLEMENTATION.
3. XML Documents.
Advantages of XML for Documents.
Disadvantages of XML for Documents.
Formatting and Production.
Final Words on Documents.
4. XML Data.
The Advantages of XML Data.
The Disadvantages of XML Data.
Common Data Styles.
Final Words on XML Data.
5. XML Networking.
Advantages of XML Networking.
Disadvantages of XML Networking.
XML Networking Styles.
Final Words on XML Networking.
III. SPECIAL ISSUES.
6. XML Searching.
The Advantages of XML Searching.
The Disadvantages of XML Searching.
Final Words on XML Searching.
7. XML and Legacy Information.
Advantages of XML for Legacy Information.
Disadvantages of XML for Legacy Information.
Final Words on XML and Legacy Information.
8. XML Performance and Size.
Advantages of XML for Size and Performance.
Disadvantages of XML for Size and Performance.
Final Words on Performance and Size.
9. Final Words.
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