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Introduction to XML

Doug Tidwell (dtidwell@us.ibm.com), XML Evangelist, EMC
Senior Programmer Doug Tidwell is IBM's evangelist for Web Services. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and has been working with markup languages for more than a decade. He holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. He can be reached at dtidwell@us.ibm.com. You can also see his Web page at ibm.com/developerWorks/speakers/dtidwell/.
(An IBM developerWorks Contributing Author)

Summary:  XML, the Extensible Markup Language, has gone from the latest buzzword to an entrenched eBusiness technology in record time. This newly revised tutorial discusses what XML is, why it was developed, and how it's shaping the future of electronic commerce. It also covers a variety of important XML programming interfaces and standards, and ends with two case studies showing how companies are using XML to solve business problems.

Date:  07 Aug 2002
Level:  Introductory PDF:  A4 and Letter (141 KB | 35 pages)Get Adobe® Reader®

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This newly revised tutorial discusses what XML is, why it was developed, and how it's shaping the future of electronic commerce. Along the way, it also takes a look at several XML standards and programming interfaces, shows how you can get started with this technology, and describes how a couple of companies have built XML-based solutions to simplify and streamline their enterprises.

In this tutorial, you'll learn:

  • Why XML was created
  • The rules of XML documents
  • How to define what an XML document can and cannot contain
  • Programming interfaces that work with XML documents
  • What the main XML standards are and how they work together
  • How companies are using XML in the real world

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