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  • thebigdog 12:37 on Saturday, 23 October 2004 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Learning XML 

    As an XML developer I spend most of my time working with XML and technologies related to XML. I began reading “Learning XML” with the mindset of finding new and interesting topics. Erik Ray provided some great reading on such topics as Schema, RELAX NG, and Schematron.

    I found the first few chapters (1-4) to be a great review, covering basics and key concepts of XML. Mr. Ray does a fantastic job at explaining and providing examples that illustrate basic and complex syntax of XML. He also lets the reader know if there are additional items to discuss later in future chapters. This allowed me to skip forward and review those sections.

    Even though I have many years of experience with XML, I never found “Learning XML” dull or boring in the least regard. “Learning XML” continued to provide information that allowed me to read on with interest.

    The author also takes the reader into other XML technologies like XPath, XSLT, and XSL-FO. There are many books out there that deal with each of these technologies individually, yet the author provides a strong introduction and foundation to these technologies.

    Some of my favorite sections deal with DOM, SAX, pull parsing, DTDs, and Unicode of XML documents.

    Even though this book provides tons of satisfying examples, I was really looking forward to at least one chapter on advanced topics or theory. However to my dismay there was not one. Overall, Erik Ray does a great job in presenting, explaining and demonstrating XML and XML technologies to his readers. I encourage anyone that is looking for a great book on XML to check out “Learning XML”.

    Learning XML, Second Edition
    Author: Erik T. Ray
    Publisher: O’Reilly
    Published: September 2003
    ISBN: 0-596-00420-6
    Pages: 416
    Rating: * * *

  • wade 14:41 on Tuesday, 19 October 2004 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    PHP: The hottest thing in hosting 

    With the cost of Web access and Web accounts going south and issues with the quality of service constantly resurfacing, VARs are touting PHP for dynamic Web pages. In a new article that focuses on Web hosting, CRN takes a look at why solution providers and vendors alike are so excited about PHP. Matt Villano, the author, goes onto say, “With more than 15 million Web sites running PHP, the language is the hottest thing to hit hosting since AOL. Customers are clamoring for it, and solution providers are selling PHP-based services in droves. As a result, vendors like Alabanza and Zend Technologies are launching new channel efforts designed to help partners make PHP a top se

  • wade 18:39 on Thursday, 14 October 2004 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Developing Applications on the eBay Platform with PHP 

    For our October meeting, Adam Trachtenberg presented on “Developing Applications on the eBay Platform with PHP.” eBay provides a cross-platform XML-based API to help businesses participate in the eBay marketplace. PHP developers can leverage this API to integrate their applications with eBay. In this session, Adam demonstrated the capabilities of the eBay API as well as technical implementation details pertaining to eBay integration for businesses and solution providers.

    Adam Trachtenberg is a Manager of Technical Evangelism at eBay, where he preaches the gospel of eBay to developers and businessmen around the globe. He is also the author of two books: “Upgrading to PHP 5″ and “PHP Cookbook,” both published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on PHP, and has written articles for c|Net, the O’Reilly Network, and PHP Magazine. Adam lives in San Francisco and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

  • wade 17:03 on Wednesday, 13 October 2004 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    New PHP statistics posted 

    DynamicWebPages.de has their latest PHP Usage Statistics posted today. Things just keep looking up for PHP usage – this month it gained a good chunk of domains from last month.PHP, in September, has been installed on approxamately 17,245,242 domains working its way onwards and upwards consistently. The number of actual IP addresses dropped a little this month, but not enough to cause much of a stir. Of course, numbers like this do show that most of the hosting environments out there with PHP are shared services, having serveral hundred domains on each.

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