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".NET and XML": Understanding the Code and Markup Behind the Wizards

January 5, 2004

Sebastopol, CA--The .NET platform provides many of the tools developers need to build network-based applications with XML. In fact, XML is so deeply integrated into most of the advanced features that .NET in known for, such as remoting and web services, that almost every .NET developer uses XML regularly without giving it much thought. Visual Studio's .NET wizards make the process painless, but they don't offer much insight into what takes place under the surface. Developers who would like to use .NET and XML more effectively need to understand what's going on behind the wizards. With .NET and XML (O'Reilly, US $39.95) by Niel M. Bornstein, they'll learn to combine the two technologies to maximum advantage, so they can write their own code, modify existing code, and address complex situations directly.

"This book isn't focused on the average developer who just wants to use Visual Studio .NET to have things done for him," explains Bornstein. "My reader wants to understand what VS .NET is doing under the covers so he can write code that he really understands, and have it interoperate with code written with other tools, even in other languages."

".NET and XML" surveys .NET's many XML features, illustrating how to take advantage of its capabilities from basic XML parsing to DOM manipulation, and XSLT processing to web service development. To demonstrate the power of XML in .NET, the author builds a simple hardware store inventory system throughout the book. As readers move from chapter to chapter, they absorb increasingly complex information until they have enough knowledge to successfully program their own XML-based applications. Examples are written in C# to demonstrate the .NET interfaces in depth, providing reusable code samples that developers can readily apply to other situations.

".NET and XML" provides detailed information on:

  • Reading XML, using the standard XmlReader implementations
  • Writing XML, using the standard XmlWriter implementations
  • Reading and writing formats other than XML, by creating custom
    XmlReader and XmlWriter implementations
  • Manipulating XML, using the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Navigating XML, using XPath
  • Transforming XML, using XSLT
  • Constraining XML, using W3C XML Schema
  • Serializing objects to XML, using SOAP and other formats
  • Using XML with web services
  • Getting XML into and out of databases with ADO.NET
  • The book also includes a comprehensive reference to the .NET XML APIs. Whether developers want to take advantage of the extensive .NET XML toolkit, or just better understand how .NET supports XML processing, they'll find the detailed, under-the-hood information they seek in ".NET and XML."

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    .NET and XML
    Niel M. Bornstein
    ISBN 0-596-00397-8, 455 pages, $39.95 US, $61.95 CA, 28.50 UK
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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