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Beginning XML Databases [Paperback]

Gavin Powell

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Nov. 13 2006 Wrox Beginning Guides
  • Supported by all major database systems, XML provides an easy, standardized method of transferring data between databases and to and from the Web, independent of the software in use
  • Offers database programmers and data-driven Web developers detailed guidance on how to understand and work with XML as data
  • Numerous hands-on, step-by-step examples help readers learn to simplify database work using XML
  • Shows how to use XML to exchange data between multiple databases either internally or with external customers and partners
  • Covers XML in popular databases including Oracle Database, SQL Server, and brief coverage of DB2 Database
  • Covers basic syntax for XML, the XML DOM, and XSL – with an emphasis on database use, and native XML databases
  • Additional topics covered include Native XML databases, XPath, XQuery, XLink, XPointer, DTDs, XML Schemas, among others

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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 tool with the ability to transfer information between two completely unrelated databases. With this book, veteran author Gavin Powell shows you how this confluence of two technologies can simplify your database work and provide a more standardized way to exchange data between multiple databases and web sites.

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

What you will learn from this book

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

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone—from novice to expert—who is interested in learning the details of XML and database technology as applied to both XML and relational database technology, working together.

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

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very relevant combination in IT today.. Feb. 25 2007
By Arnold Graaff - Published on Amazon.com
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars 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! ;)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good SQL Server Examples Aug. 12 2011
By default_character - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars no thanks April 20 2010
By John L. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
(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
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe! Oct. 11 2010
By Joan Ordinas - Published on Amazon.com
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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