Chapter 14. Parsing and Manipulating XML

Web Services are highly dependent on XML as the underlying data representation, and Web applications are increasingly adopting XML for their data as well. Because of this, it would seem logical that parsing and manipulating XML documents would be one of the most basic skills needed to author Web applications and Web Services. But as I went through one example after another in creating this book, the topic kept getting pushed away time after time. It seems that the parsing of XML documents is so basic that nobody needs to do it anymore. It's all been taken over by the tools.

As nice as the tools are, using a tool always involves some trade-off of convenience for control. Most of the time, you probably won't ...

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