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XML Basics



5:43 pm on Dec 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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umm.. as it makes me wonder whats up with this XML Language i said id try learning it...

Can anyone point me to some good tutorial etc to learn some XML ?

i am pretty good with HTML CSS And PHP but i know nothing about the rest like .aspx javascript XML etc


6:53 pm on Dec 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Being familiar with HTML, you won't be confused by XML.

There are plenty of XML books by the major publishers (O'Reilly, Wrox, et al).

A quick search of the interweb reveals a wealth of tutorials & guides. Search for "what is XML" and you ought to find everything you need to know. In particular, check out the introductions by W3Schools and XML.com.

.aspx is the default file extension for server-side scripts written for the .NET environment, usually written in C#. It does the same thing PHP does, but in a different way.

JavaScript is a deep topic. Knowing JavaScript is an ideal compliment to PHP, HTML, and CSS - if you have those four skills, you're officially a well-rounded web developer. WebmasterWorld has a fantastic JavaScript forum [webmasterworld.com] where lots of experts regularly hang out discussing the language - go there and start your journey.


1:05 am on Dec 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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well i didnt understood much from XML ... it seems you can create your own <#*$!> Tagas and make a style based on html for it or something alike :-?

i have never read any books to learn html css etc ... i just got them on the fly by reading tutorials etc .. i cant find any Books about HTML,PHP,JS,etc around my city .. just useless things about Win Versions VB etc

then .aspx is kinda hard for me as i know nothing about .NET And that C++ language

Thank You for your reply and sorry for my late reply :)


2:57 pm on Dec 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You're correct - in XML, you can create your own tags. Though in XML, they're called "elements" so when you're reading XML tutorials an "element" is something like <foo> or <bar> or <book>.

An XML document can be rendered nicely in a browser by creating an XSLT stylesheet. That's different from a CSS stylesheet; XSLT is a variant of XML that defines rules according to which an XML document can be transformed into HTML markup (or anything else for that matter). XSLT is *not* a beginner's subject - it's quite complex & has a steep learning curve.

You don't necessarily need printed books in order to learn these technologies; there is a wealth of information online. Many publishers offer all their books as downloadable e-books; take a look at "Safari Books Online" - they distribute e-books from many prominent publishers (O'Reilly, PeachPit, Prentice, etc).


7:40 pm on Dec 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks , thats nice to know..

hmm.. is there any advantage in XML Besides the possibility to make your own tags and assign new functions on them i suppose?

i am not sure whats an E- Book even thought i have came across the word and i think a book once ..

i will google for that , thanks :)


5:03 am on Dec 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The advantages of XML are:
- it's readable by machines, because the syntax is strict
- it's readable by humans, because it's plain text
- it is useful for passing data from one system to another, because the structure of XML can be strictly described using a DTD file

E-book is short for "electronic book". The prefix "e-" is like e-mail, e-commerce. It's a book that's delivered digitally, not printed on paper.


4:48 am on Mar 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

w3schools.com is the great source to learn XML and many other languages.

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