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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (Nov. 27 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782140211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782140217
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,972,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aimed at experienced programmers, Processing with Perl, Python and PHP is a guide to processing XML with popular scripting languages. The author is a strong advocate of script, as opposed to C++ or Java, on the grounds of speed of development, ease of use and cross-platform support. With explanations and examples, he shows how to parse XML using Perl, Python or PHP and offers brief notes on other scripting languages. To make sense of the book, readers need to be already familiar with the script language of their choice, and to a lesser extent with XML itself.

The opening chapters offer a brief introduction to XML and DTD (Document Type Definition) files, and explain the basic concepts of parsing XML using event-driven or tree-based APIs. Next comes a long section on XML and Perl, covering the XML::Parser module, Perl and Unicode, generating and converting XML and using SOAP or XML-RPC. A parallel section shows how the same things can be achieved with XML and Python, along with a further chapter on Zope, the Python application server. PHP has a shorter section, focusing on XML parsing, working with RSS (Rich Site Summary) XML documents and XML-RPC. The last part of the book offers a chapter each on four other scripting languages: REBOL, Ruby, Tcl and AppleScript.

The snag with this book is that few developers work with all these languages, and covering so many limits the detail on any one. Even so, it is interesting to compare the differences between the various approaches, particularly between Perl and Python, which are the author's main area of expertise. There are also helpful insights on how to convert XML to and from database formats. --Tim Anderson

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XML is an elegant solution to the problem of data portability. Like all breakthroughs, however, it gives rise to new challenges. With XML, you can store and structure data for seamless, cross-platform exchange-which is especially crucial in today's e-commerce environments. But XML does no processing itself. To leverage XML data, you need to use a programming language.

XML Processing with Perl, Python, and PHP teaches you to reap the special advantages of processing your XML with these and four other scripting languages, which-as you'll see-trump C, C++, and Java in a variety of ways. Along this path lie shorter development times and lower costs. At its end lie performance benefits such as superior text processing, memory management, and data modeling capabilities, as well as strategic benefits such as greater longevity and broader compatibility.

Choose the language that makes the most sense for you and move ahead. With this book's help, you'll master the execution of remote procedures, the internal modeling of XML data, the exporting of internal data into XML, and the conversion of XML to formats as varied as SQL, HTML, and proprietary configuration schemes. Application-specific examples keep you focused on the real world; at the same time, the scripting techniques you'll learn all rise above specific applications. Like XML data, they're flexible, and they'll serve you well in whatever context you're working.


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This book is okay, but is your development team really using all these languages? If you need to learn XML with a certain technology, get Professional PHP4 XML or Manning's new Java and XML book and many others. Not only do these books cover the same material as this one, they cover some really advanced topics such as architecture and design issues as well as giving you heads up on the latest versions such as php 4.3.0. This book also doesn't nearly tell you about all the potential problems that you can have with working with PHP where Professional PHP4 XML will answer just about every question you ever had plus everything else you didn't think of.
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XML is not so difficult, but when coping with Perl or PHP, you need something to tell you exactly HOW to do that. Add to this Python, a very well written book, and you get Martin C. Brown's book.
I think that if you're really serious into programming XML with Python and Perl, you absolutely must have this book.
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Okay book, but are you using all these languages? June 20 2002
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This book is okay, but is your development team really using all these languages? If you need to learn XML with a certain technology, get Professional PHP4 XML or Manning's new Java and XML book and many others. Not only do these books cover the same material as this one, they cover some really advanced topics such as architecture and design issues as well as giving you heads up on the latest versions such as php 4.3.0. This book also doesn't nearly tell you about all the potential problems that you can have with working with PHP where Professional PHP4 XML will answer just about every question you ever had plus everything else you didn't think of.
Out of date book July 21 2014
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The book is adequately written and it covers its subjects well enough; but this is a clear case of technical obsolescence. If you happen to be stuck with maintaining existing code that is a mix of XML and perl/python/php/ruby/applescript, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, look into Javascript and Json. Keep looking, and good hunting!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A must have book March 7 2002
By Raffaello Palandri - Published on Amazon.com
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XML is not so difficult, but when coping with Perl or PHP, you need something to tell you exactly HOW to do that. Add to this Python, a very well written book, and you get Martin C. Brown's book.
I think that if you're really serious into programming XML with Python and Perl, you absolutely must have this book.


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