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Building Oracle XML Applications
by Steve Muench

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Aimed at Oracle professionals planning or doing XML work, this in-depth guide, covering Oracle8 and Oracle8i, comes from Oracle's lead XML technical evangelist, Steve Muench. No prior knowledge of XML is required to dive into the book, but readers are assumed to be familiar with SQL and with programming using Java or PL/SQL.

Building Oracle XML Applications introduces XML, gives an overview of Oracle XML technologies, and shows what they do and how they fit together. There is a focus on JDeveloper, Oracle's Java and XML development tool, which can be installed from the CD-ROM, and there are plenty of hands-on examples of how to use it. Then there are chapters on processing XML with PL/SQL or Java, transforming XML with XSLT, publishing data with XSQL pages, generating datagrams (XML documents used for exchanging data), and techniques for storing and loading XML data. The final section concentrates on Oracle XML applications, and topics include an XSQL publishing framework, Java extension functions, and using XSQL and XSLT to build personalized portals and discussion forums.

This fast-paced handbook is packed with example code. The presentation is clear, and the technical content is based on the author's deep knowledge of Oracle in general and XML technologies in particular. Highly recommended. --Tim Anderson,

Book Description
Oracle Corporation, committed to supporting XML in a wide range of products, has XML-enabled its entire Oracle Internet platform--the Oracle8i database, Oracle interMedia, Oracle Application Server, and a variety of other products.

Building Oracle XML Applications, by Steve Muench, Oracle's lead "XML evangelist" and a key Oracle XML developer, gives Java and PL/SQL developers a rich and detailed look at the many tools Oracle has provided to support XML development, such as the Oracle XML Parser, the Oracle XML SQL Utility, and the XSQL Servlet.

The company describes Oracle8i as "the first XML enabled database." This book shows how to combine the power of XML and XSLT with the speed, functionality, and reliability of the Oracle database to build flexible applications. The author delivers nearly 800 pages of entertaining text, helpful and time-saving hints, and extensive examples that developers can put to use immediately to build custom XML applications.

Products covered include:

  • XSQL pages and the XSQL servlet: declarative templates and an extensive framework to assemble any kind of static or dynamic XML information and transform it for delivery using XSLT stylesheets.
  • JDeveloper: a complete integrated development environment for Java XML developers, including editing, syntax checking, debugging, and more.
  • XSLT Processor: a product that enables XML information to be presented and delivered in many different ways, using any web-based format, both inside and outside the database.
  • XML SQL utility: an Oracle utility that works with the results of SQL statements as XML documents and uses XML documents to insert, update, and delete information from database tables, views, and object views.
  • XML Parser: a product that lets Java, PL/SQL, C, and C++ developers process and construct XML.
  • interMedia: a product whose Text option lets developers search XML documents from SQL and leverage the XML document structure for razor-sharp search precision.
  • Advanced Queuing: an Oracle queuing mechanism that lets both PL/SQL and Java programs enqueue and and dequeue XML messages.
  • PLSXML utilities: Oracle PL/SQL utilities that let developers using any version of Oracle produce XML from SQL statements.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains JDeveloper 3.1, an integrated development environment for Java developers.

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 810 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly; 1 edition (October 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 1565926919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.0 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds. (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: based on 34 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: #107,501 in Books
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Very well written, and it delivers..., October 29, 2001
Reviewer:Chris Cortes (The Woodlands, TX United States) - See all my reviews
This book delivers on its cover promises. I was recently scheduled to consult on an Oracle XML application, and I decided to purchase this book to give me a better understanding of the requirements of the task that was ahead of me. Without this book, I would have been going into a completely foreign land without a guide. A great read for developers needing to learn about XML, and in particular the way that Oracle implements XML in their applications.

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This book does not cover XMLType datatype ..., March 25, 2002
Reviewer:Weekend Woodworker "Weekend Woodworker" (santa fe springs, ca United States) - See all my reviews
and you won't find any information on it, rest is , best xml book you can get covering oracle.

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Nice, but out of date, August 17, 2004
Reviewer:Alan Hamilton (Phoenix, AZ USA) - See all my reviews
Unless you're still running 7 or 8i, I can't recommend this book. As another reviewer noted, Oracle has added a lot of XML features in 9i and 10g. The content itself is great -- the authors should consider a second edition that covers the current Oracle XML features.

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Good Book, June 19, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
If you want to learn about using Oracle's XML packages and functions, this is a good book. It fills in for the lack of Oracle documentation.

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THE book for Oracle and XML, February 12, 2003
Reviewer:braford w byron (Chicago, IL, USA) - See all my reviews
This book with real working code samples saved the day for me when building an XML Loader. One drawback: It doesn't explain XSL real well which is crucial for transforming your XML document into the canonical <ROWSET><ROW> format so I really give it 4.5 stars.

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Good reference for old versions of Oracle, December 13, 2002
Reviewer:M. Loftus - See all my reviews
This book was written in 2000, prior to 9i, which has added a lot of functinality. If you already know XML well and need to augment the rather pathetic Oracle Press books and Oracle On-Line documention, then this is the best book I have read. Many of the examples used in the book do not reflect the real-world examples I have had to deal with, so keep an open mind.

Many XML details are assumed by the author or are skipped-over entirely, so if you do not know XML, pick-up an XML book at the same time.

The book is dominated by Java; relatively little PL/Sql coverage.

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