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Using XML With Legacy Business Applications

by nForms on May 8, 2012

"This volume offers relentlessly pragmatic solutions to help your business applications get the most out of XML, with a breezy style that makes the going easy. Mike has lived this stuff; he has a strong command of the solutions and the philosophy that underlies them." --Eve Maler, XML Standards Architect, Sun Microsystems Businesses running legacy applications that do not support XML can face a tough choice: Either keep their legacy applications or switch to newer, XML-enhanced applications. XML presents both challenges and opportunities for organizations as they struggle with their data. Does this dilemma sound familiar? What if you could enable a legacy application to support XML? You can. In Using XML with Legacy Business Applications, e-commerce expert Michael C. Rawlins outlines usable techniques for solving day-to-day XML-related data exchange problems. Using an easy-to-understand cookbook approach, Rawlins shows you how to build XML support into legacy business applications using Java and C++. The techniques are illustrated by building converters for legacy formats. Converting CSV files, flat files, and X12 EDI to and from XML will never be easier! Inside you'll find: *A concise tutorial for learning to read W3C XML schemas *An introduction to using XSLT to transform between different XML formats *Simple, pragmatic advice on transporting XML documents securely over the Internet For developers working with either MSXML with Visual C++ or Java and Xerces: *See Chapter 3 for a step-by-step guide to enabling existing business applications to export XML documents *See Chapter 2 for a step-by-step guide to enabling existing business applications to import XML documents *See Chapter 5 for code examples and tips for validating XML documents against schemas *See Chapter 12 for general tips on building commerce support into an application For end users who need a simple and robust conversion utility: *See Chapter 7 for converting CSV files to and from XML *See Chapter 8 for converting flat files to and from XML *See Chapter 9 for converting X12 EDI to and from XML *See Chapter 11 for tips on how to use these techniques together for complex format conversions The resource-filled companion Web site (www.rawlinsecconsulting.com/booksupplement) includes executable versions of the utilities described in the book, full source code in C++ and Java, XSLT stylesheets, bug fixes, sample input and output files, and more. 0321154940B07142003

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