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XML : a manager's guide /
Kevin Dick.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Boston : Addison-Wesley, c2003.
description
xxi, 298 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0201770067 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Boston : Addison-Wesley, c2003.
isbn
0201770067 (pbk.)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4827044
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kevin Dick is the founder of Kevin Dick Associates, a software technology consulting firm specializing in advanced software technologies.
Excerpts
Introduction or Preface
PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK Extensible Markup Language (XML) is an exciting new technology for exchanging structured information over intranets, extranets, and the Internet. As with many new software technologies, information flows into the developer community first. This flow starts electronically with email lists, newsgroups, and technical Web sites. Then technology references, developer guides, and tutorials appear on bookstore shelves. After developers use a technology to create some inspiring prototypes, the computing press usually latches on to the trend. Articles hail it as the solution to a wide variety of application development problems. Executives take notice of the press coverage. They may even hear about internal "skunkworks" projects. Quickly, they want assessments of how the technology will impact their organizations. Managers get caught in the middle. They are at an information disadvantage when it comes to assessing the benefits of the technology and managing its use. On the one hand, developers are pushing from the bottom to use the technology on projects. On the other hand, executives are pushing from the top for formal technology planning. Unfortunately, information resources targeted specifically at managers are usually extremely limited. They must often resort to a time consuming process of scanning volumes of developer-oriented details and dissecting executive summaries to synthesize a manager's perspective. The need for this synthesis continues as a technology evolves, because every new advance follows the information path from developers, to executives, to managers. XML, Second Edition: A Manager's Guide, addresses this problem for XML. It delivers: An introduction to XML technology and components at a level that will allow managers to communicate with developers without having to become one. Information about the processes and people managers will need for successful XML projects. Inspiration for how to deliver value through XML, including an analysis of market adoption and the types of applications where it offers the most benefit. WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK Obviously, this book targets managers. More specifically, it targets software development managers in: (1) information systems (IS) organizations within enterprises and (2) product development groups within software vendors. To a great extent, the needs of these two different managerial audiences intersect. They both need a basic understanding of the technology as well as guidance in the components, processes, and people necessary for success. They do differ in the types of XML applications relevant to their organizations and this book accommodates the difference. Even within these two audiences, managers differ significantly in their individual backgrounds and managerial goals. Different managers will require different levels of detail for each of the three basic XML topics listed above. To a certain extent, the level of detail required correlates with job responsibility. ORGANIZATION OF THIS BOOK The organization of this book allows you to either read all the chapters sequentially or pick and choose the chapters that you find most interesting. All chapters after Chapter 1 begin with an Executive Summary section. After reading this section, you can decide whether you need the details contained in the rest of the chapter. You can also quickly skim these details by using the Fast Track paragraph summaries in the margins. This book has eight chapters: Chapter 1--Internet Crisis: Understanding Information. Motivates the need for XML by examining the requirements left unfilled by existing Internet technologies. Chapter 2--XML Basics. Introduces fundamental XML concepts at a level that enables you to understand XML application without going into the details necessary for you to develop such applications. It has a Technical Summary section at the
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This title offers the IT manager an introduction and overview of XML. It presents an insight into its potential whilst addressing other technologies, time management concerns and interoperability issues.
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Extensible Markup Language (XML) has revolutionized distributed computing. By providing a standard means for specifying the structure of information, XML enables sophisticated e-commerce systems and facilitates interoperable enterprise software. Knowing how to leverage XML's technical capabilities into business value has become an important asset for managers.Fully updated and expanded to incorporate the latest in XML technology advances and its application, XML: A Manager's Guide, Second Edition serves as a concise guide for managers as well as a starting point for developers. It helps managers build a working knowledge of XML's capabilities so they can communicate intelligently with XML developers and make informed decisions about when to use the technology. This book also provides manager-specific information about software acquisition, staffing, and project management.The author provides practical experience-based information on the following key topics:- How XML fills a critical gap in Internet standards- Emerging standards that complete the XML paradigm- XML messaging and Web services- The software infrastructure needed to deploy XML applications- Staffing and project management advice for XML development teams- Preventing the problems commonly encountered on XML development projects- Applications for enterprises and vendorsDesigned to let you quickly and easily access exactly the information you require, this book clearly delineates different paths through the chapters based on your needs, provides executive briefings for every chapter, and includes fast-track summaries of major points in the margins.With this book in hand, you will have a firm grasp of the fundamental technology, competitive advantages, and potential best uses of the XML standard.0201770067B07192002
Back Cover Copy
Extensible Markup Language (XML) has revolutionized distributed computing. By providing a standard means for specifying the structure of information, XML enables sophisticated e-commerce systems and facilitates interoperable enterprise software. Knowing how to leverage XML's technical capabilities into business value has become an important asset for managers. Fully updated and expanded to incorporate the latest in XML technology advances and its application, XML: A Manager's Guide, Second Edition serves as a concise guide for managers as well as a starting point for developers. It helps managers build a working knowledge of XML's capabilities so they can communicate intelligently with XML developers and make informed decisions about when to use the technology. This book also provides manager-specific information about software acquisition, staffing, and project management. The author provides practical experience-based information on the following key topics: How XML fills a critical gap in Internet standards Emerging standards that complete the XML paradigm XML messaging and Web services The software infrastructure needed to deploy XML applications Staffing and project management advice for XML development teams Preventing the problems commonly encountered on XML development projects Applications for enterprises and vendors Designed to let you quickly and easily access exactly the information you require, this book clearly delineates different paths through the chapters based on your needs, provides executive briefings for every chapter, and includes fast-track summaries of major points in the margins. With this book in hand, you will have a firm grasp of the fundamental technology, competitive advantages, and potential best uses of the XML standard. 0201770067B07192002
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Purpose of This Bookp. xv
Who Should Read This Bookp. xvi
Organization of This Bookp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
The Internet Crisis: Exchanging Information
Connections Without Understandingp. 1
Convergence of Information Exchange Problemsp. 7
Metadata Standard Is a First Stepp. 13
Shard Context Standard Delivers True Understandingp. 14
The XML Approachp. 16
XML Basics
Executive Summaryp. 21
Jumping Inp. 22
XML Conceptual Modelp. 24
Introducing Elementsp. 29
Introducing Attributesp. 33
Creating an "Order" in XMLp. 35
Introducing Document Typesp. 39
Introducing Entitiesp. 49
Technical Summaryp. 51
Related Standards
Executive Summaryp. 53
Overview of Namespacesp. 56
Overview of XPath, XPointer, and XQueryp. 62
Overview of XSLp. 69
Overview of XLinkp. 82
Overview of XML Schemap. 88
Technical Standardsp. 95
Infrastructure Standardsp. 96
Technical Summaryp. 99
XML Messaging and Web Services
Executive Summaryp. 101
Motivationp. 104
Protocol Design Problemp. 106
Messaging Architecturesp. 109
Major Web Services Initiativesp. 114
Other Web Services Initiativesp. 129
XML Software Infrastructure
Executive Summaryp. 139
Fundamental Componentsp. 142
Storage Systemsp. 148
Server Infrastructurep. 151
Data-Oriented Componentsp. 161
Content-Oriented Componentsp. 166
Design Toolsp. 171
Infrastructure Selection Strategyp. 172
Processes and People
Executive Summaryp. 175
XML Applications and Changep. 176
Content Documentsp. 179
Business Documentsp. 187
Data Documentsp. 197
Common Issuesp. 203
Five XML Applications for Enterprises
Executive Summaryp. 215
Workforce Automationp. 216
Knowledge Managementp. 221
Trading Partner Coordinationp. 226
Application Integrationp. 233
Data Integrationp. 237
Five XML Applications for Vendors
Executive Summaryp. 243
Flexible Content Provisioningp. 244
Information Aggregationp. 250
Application Servicesp. 255
Configuration and Logging Filesp. 259
Distributed Protocolp. 262
Glossaryp. 267
Indexp. 279
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