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“The book can be used as a very good introductory text for students and practitioners eager to acquire knowledge...” (Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1118 2007/20)

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The union of XML and relational databases creates a powerful toolwith the ability to transfer information between two completelyunrelated databases. With this book, veteran author Gavin Powellshows you how this confluence of two technologies can simplify yourdatabase work and provide a more standardized way to exchange databetween multiple databases and web sites.

You'll get an in-depth look at specific XML datatypes that areconsidered the most critical alliances between XML and a relationaldatabase. Plus, an introduction to the basics of SQL and numerousXML standards prove to be essential so that you can grasp databasestructure and comprehend how XML is used with the Oracle® andSQL Server relational databases. Throughout the book, valuableexercises and a surfeit of step-by-step examples will help you getan overall understanding of the topics at hand.

What you will learn from this book

  • The platform independence capability that comes from usingXML— including independence from database vendors
  • The basics of XML, XSL, the XML DOM, and SQL
  • XML datatypes and features in Oracle Database and SQLServer
  • How to move data anywhere using XML (B2B)
  • Ways to read XML documents using XQuery and navigate documentsusing XPath®
  • XML, the object data model, native XML databases, and industryapplications of XML

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone—from novice to expert—who isinterested in learning the details of XML and database technologyas applied to both XML and relational database technology, workingtogether.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learningprogramming languages and technologies easier than you think,providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you throughall the techniques involved.


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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Very relevant combination in IT today.. Feb. 25 2007
By Arnold Graaff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I work with a lot of school leavers and people outside IT and often have to advise them on how to empower themselves in IT in the right way. Surely SQL and databases are one of the first topics people should understand. HTML was also high on the list. With this book, the author has combined all of them in one making it a very relevant combination for today's beginner. I will recommend this book to school leavers, financial people and people outside IT wanting to empower themselves quickly. Another great advantage of XML and databases is the platform independence. Very well done to the author for combining these topics at the entry level in such an easiliy understandable way!
Good SQL Server Examples Aug. 12 2011
By default_character - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this years back and never opened it until about 2 years ago when I had to do some MS SQL Server 2008 work. After fruitlessly searching for good XML SQL examples everywhere, i.e., on the net, MS, etc., I was really surprised to find a very nice chapter called "SQL Server and XML" in this book.

It really helped me to understand what the heck I needed to do to extract data out of XML columns... I haven't read much else in the book, but will keep as a reference for when needed.
A Great Beginning to XML Databases Jan. 22 2014
By RP Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are just getting started in XML, and you need to learn how database are setup
and used, this book is excellent.
This is a good starter book to get you started. It covers a great deal of the system.
It is a text book that you can get the understanding for Database technology.
It is outdated some now, but this was a great book at publishing. It is still good reading
to learn from the beginning. You have to start somewhere! ;)
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
no thanks April 20 2010
By John L. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
(I am a developer who has been designing and implementing XML applications for more than 8 years, always searching for more background information)

In the very beginning of the introduction, Gavin states "This book is for beginners", and then "the target audience is anyone wishing to know brief details of XML and database technology" and then "Anyone involved with either XML or database technology, from the novice all the way through to the expert, would benefit from reading this book." I decided to ignore what to me seemed apparent inconsistency and went on.

In the first chapter I learn "XML can, in some respects, be considered an extensible form of HTML." I wonder if the author has ever heard of SGML or profiles. Under XML syntax I find "the optional second line contains a stylesheet reference, if a style sheet is in use." I put aside my immediate question pertaining to the validity of one-line XML documents and just wonder if the author knows that there are other means to associate style sheets with XML documents.
The subchapter makes no mention of comments and does not describe what a processing statement is or how it varies from elements. The description of nesting is difficult to understand. And I find "All elements must have a closing element." Has the author really never seen an empty tag? Then he says,
"Exceptions to this rule is the XML definitional element at the beginning of the document, declaring the version of XML in exceptions, and an optional style sheet:""

At this point I put the book on the shelf to gather dust. The combination of the incorrect verb, the mislabeling of a processing statement as an element, and the basic logic conflict between the two adjacent sentences, was just more than I wanted to tolerate.

There may be some good information deeper in the book, but if the author and his proofreaders are not more careful than this, I don't have the time to risk looking for it.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I can't believe! Oct. 11 2010
By Joan Ordinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A book published in 2007 uses as markup plain old HTML, uses IE6 as XSLT processor... the worst book ever published about XML technologies.

I can't still believe!


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