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Best Free XML Programming Training Materials


A Technical Introduction to XML - This introduction to XML presents the Extensible Markup Language at a reasonably technical level for anyone interested in learning more about structured documents.

Free XML Book Chapters from various publishers

XML Programming with VB and ASP - shows you when and how to use XML from both a programming and business perspective.

Source Code: Webclass example, Webserver files, Demo VB apps, DOM and tree files

XSLT Quickly

XML: The Complete Reference - 3 free chapters:
Getting a Global Perspective
Defining DTD Entities
Using XLinks

DocBook: The Definitive Guide - DocBook provides a system for writing structured documents using SGML or XML. It is particularly well-suited to books and papers about computer hardware and software, though it is by no means limited to them. DocBook is an SGML document type definition (DTD). An XML version is available now, and an official XML release is in the works.

XSL Tutorial by Miloslav Nic

XML documentation and learning sites:

Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Second Edition) - W3C Recommendation 6 October 2000 - The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a subset of SGML that is completely described in this document. Its goal is to enable generic SGML to be served, received, and processed on the Web in the way that is now possible with HTML. XML has been designed for ease of implementation and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML.

XML Schema Part 1: Structures - W3C Recommendation 2 May 2001 - specifies the XML Schema definition language, which offers facilities for describing the structure and constraining the contents of XML 1.0 documents

XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes - W3C Recommendation 02 May 2001 - part 2 of the specification of the XML Schema language. It defines facilities for defining datatypes to be used in XML Schemas as well as other XML specifications.

XML Linking Language (XLink) Version 1.0 - W3C Recommendation 27 June 2001 - defines the XML Linking Language (XLink), which allows elements to be inserted into XML documents in order to create and describe links between resources.

Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.0 - W3C Proposed Recommendation 28 August 2001 - defines the features and syntax for the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), a language for expressing stylesheets. It consists of two parts: 1) a language for transforming XML documents, and 2) an XML vocabulary for specifying formatting semantics.

Namespaces in XML - World Wide Web Consortium 14-January-1999 - provides a simple method for qualifying element and attribute names used in Extensible Markup Language documents by associating them with namespaces identified by URI references.

XML Path Language (XPath) Version 1.0 - W3C Recommendation 16 November 1999 - a language for addressing parts of an XML document, designed to be used by both XSLT and XPointer.

XML Pointer Language (XPointer) Version 1.0 - W3C Last Call Working Draft 8 January 2001 - XPointer, which is based on the XML Path Language (XPath), supports addressing into the internal structures of XML documents.

Fathering XML - Jon Bosak, considered by many to be "the father of XML," remains one of XML's guiding lights. In this interview, Bosak expresses his hopes and concerns about the future of XML, discusses his views on the creation of a semantic network, and explains why he believes that the most important benefits of XML are social -- not technical

XML and Java: A potent partnership, Part 1: Find out why XML and Java have captured the minds of enterprise application developers - XML (Extensible Markup Language) began life as a "new and improved" HTML. It has since found a place not only on the Web but also in the enterprise. This month, Todd examines one aspect of XML's role in the enterprise: enterprise application integration.

XML and Java: A potent partnership, Part 2: Learn how to use Java to build applications that handle XML's extensibility - One of XML's advantages over HTML is its extensibility. This feature makes it possible to use XML to describe information in ways that would be impossible with HTML. This month, Todd demonstrates how to build a framework for processing XML in Java, aptly combining the inherent extensibility of both languages.

XML and Java: A potent partnership, Part 3: Learn how to integrate Java and JavaScript, two popular programming languages - Nothing beats a scripting language when it comes to application flexibility and programmer productivity. This month, Todd Sundsted demonstrates how to integrate Java and JavaScript, both popular programming languages in their own right, as the first step in bringing scripting to the XML application framework he's been developing.

XML and Java: A potent partnership, Part 4: Learn how Java, laced with JavaScript, pushes XML's flexibility into new dimensions - In this final installment of his four-part series on XML and Java, Todd Sundsted completes his integration of JavaScript and Java and brings the ease-of-use and flexibility of a scripting language to his XML framework.

XML JavaBeans, Part 1: Make JavaBeans mobile and interoperable with XML - This article, the first of a two-part series, describes just one possible application for XML: making JavaBeans mobile and interoperable by representing them as XML documents. Follow along as columnist Mark Johnson describes XML, defines his own custom markup language, and creates a class that converts XML files to JavaBeans running in memory.

XML JavaBeans, Part 2: Automatically convert JavaBeans to XML documents - Develops a class that writes JavaBeans as XML files, using the same XML "dialect".

Process XML with JavaBeans, Part 1: Interconnect JavaBeans to process XML - Much of the dialog about JavaBeans focuses on how to create them, not how to use them. This article, the first in a series, gives an overview of IBM's XML Bean Suite, a toolkit of JavaBeans components for processing XML.

Process XML with JavaBeans, Part 2: How IDEs interconnect components - Looks at the XMLEditor and XMLConvenience bean sets that make creating custom XML editors a snap.

Process XML with JavaBeans, Part 3 - Demonstrates the XMLConvenience bean set, which simplifies building visual XML processing applications with XML JavaBeans.

Using XML and JSP together: Two great tastes that taste great together - This article shows how you can use these two technologies together to make a dynamic Website. You also get a look at code examples for DOM, XPath, XSL, and other Java-XML techniques.

Leverage legacy systems with a blend of XML, XSL, and Java - As e-commerce becomes a focal point for companies scrambling to have a presence on the electronic frontier, incorporating those new ventures into the existing infrastructure becomes crucial. While a compendium of middleware applications can assist in that endeavor, a few creative applications using XML and Java can give you the same customizable and maintainable solution, and provide a few additional benefits as well.

XML APIs for databases - Blend the power of XML and databases using custom SAX and DOM APIs

Working with XML

Many Free XML Tutorials from IBM