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XML A Manager Guide

By Kevin Dick

Publisher : Addison Wesley
Pub Date : August 28, 2002
ISBN : 0-201-77006-7
Pages : 320

Extensible Markup Language (XML) has revolutionized distributed computing. By providing a standard means for specifying the structure of information, XML enables sophisticated e-commerce systems and facilitates interoperable enterprise software. Knowing how to leverage XML's technical capabilities into business value has become an impotant asset for managers.

Fully updated and expanded to incorporate the latest in XML technology advances and its application, XML: A Manager's Guide, Second Edition serves as a concise guide for managers as well as a starting point for developers. It helps managers build a working knowledge of XML's capabilities so they can communicate intelligently with XML developers and make informed decisions about when to use the technology. This book also provides manager-specific information about software acquisition, staffing, and project management.

The author provides practical experience-based information on the following key topics:
* How XML fills a critical gap in Internet standards
* Emerging standards that complete the XML paradigm
* XML messaging and Web services
* The software infrastructure needed to deploy XML applications
* Staffing and project management advice for XML development teams
* Preventing the problems commonly encountered on XML development projects
* Applications for enterprises and vendors

Designed to let you quickly and easily access exactly the information you require, this book clearly delineates different paths through the chapters based on your needs, provides executive briefings for every chapter, and includes fast-track summaries of major points in the margins.

With this book in hand, you will have a firm grasp of the fundamental technology, competitive advantages, and potential best uses of the XML standard.

Purpose of This Book
Who Should Read This Book
Organization of this Book

Chapter 1. The Internet Crisis: Exchanging Information
Connections Without Understanding
Convergence of Information Exchange Problems
Metadata Standard Is a First Step
Shared Context Standards Deliver True Understanding
The XML Approach

Chapter 2. XML Basics
Executive Summary
Jumping In
XML Conceptual Model
Introducing Elements
Introducing Attributes
Creating an "Order" in XML
Introducing Document Types
Introducing Entities
Technical Summary

Chapter 3. Related Standards
Executive Summary
Overview of Namespaces
Overview of XPath, XPointer, and XQuery
Overview of XSLT
Overview of XSL
Overview of XLink
Overview of XML Schema
Technical Standards
Infrastructure Standards
Technical Summary

Chapter 4. XML Messaging and Web Services
Executive Summary
Protocol Design Problem
Messaging Architectures
Major Web Services Initiatives
Other Web Services Initiatives

Chapter 5. XML Software Infrastructure
Executive Summary
Fundamental Components
Storage Systems
Server Infrastructure
Data-Oriented Components
Content-Oriented Components
Design Tools
Infrastructure Selection Strategy

Chapter 6. Processes and People
Executive Summary
XML Applications and Change
Content Documents
Business Documents
Data Documents
Common Issues

Chapter 7. Five XML Applications for Enterprises
Executive Summary
Workforce Automation
Knowledge Management
Trading Partner Coordination
Application Integration
Data Integration

Chapter 8. Five XML Applications for Vendors
Executive Summary
Flexible Content Provisioning
Information Aggregation
Application Services
Configuration and Logging Files
Distributed Protocol


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