Introduction

XML is now six years old, having been published as a W3C recommendation in February 1998. It was around that time that Oracle began to take a serious look at this new promising technology. In fact the Architectural Review Board decided that XML was going to be of company-wide importance and handed down a development charter to the CORE Development group as follows:

Deliver the best platform for developers to productively build and cost-effectively deploy reliable and scaleable Internet applications exploiting XML.

This charter has proven to be prescient as not only has XML become a dominant Internet technology, but also has spawned an entire family of standards that are becoming the foundation of electronic publishing, business, ...

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