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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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Chapter 2. XML Fundamentals

The suite of technologies grouped under the XML umbrella provides the fundamental building blocks of the Web services architecture. From network protocols through back end databases, XML has had an advantageous effect on enterprise computing systems. Being platform and language independent is a natural choice for building interoperable systems via Web services. Given the importance of XML in enterprise computing, and specifically in Web services, this chapter recaps the fundamentals of XML before embarking on a discussion of more advanced topics such as namespaces and XML Schema.

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