Beginning XML Databases Paperback – Nov 13 2006
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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)
From the Back Cover
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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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It is outdated some now, but this was a great book at publishing.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! ;)
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.
I can't still believe!
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