Get More Control Over XML Business Apps

As many enterprise developers work on web services and data integration projects, they are becoming increasingly frustrated that they don't have more control over the XML portions of their work. IDN has found several hands-on sites to help your XML applications get down to business.

Tags: XML, XSLT, Developers, Transformations, Control, XML Documents, Data Integration Projects,

If this sounds familiar, relax, IDN has found a handful of sites that can help.

  • offers free tutorials on a wide array of XML-driven work projects. Get the most up-to-date information on how to create and view XML in JavaScript and VB. Learn about data binding and generating data output for a large variety of databases -- or test your skills and knowledge - take a quick quiz.

  • For developers looking to do some hands-on XML tweaking for performance, or for tailoring searches, XML technical author Bob DuCharme has just completed a 2-part series that overviews the techniques for best using XSLT and Xpath. DuCharme, also author of the new book, "XSLT Quickly" says these tools are great when you're manipulating text. They provide functions for searching strings and pulling out substrings for rearranging documents to create new documents.

  • Java developers might also want to check out an XSLT processor for transforming XML documents into HTML, text, or other XML document types. It implements the W3C Recommendations for XSL Transformations (XSLT) and the XML Path Language (XPath). This XSLT processor can be used from the command line, in an applet or a servlet, or as a module in other programs.

  • If you would like to learn more about how to use the XSLT instructions and template rules, manage namespaces, control transformation output, use multiple style sheets, and employ pattern-matching with template rules -- Don Box, Aaron Skonnard and John Lam have posted an extremely interesting article with links to download the code.

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