CHAPTER 52The Hitchhiker's Guide to XML in Oracle

XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is a standardized syntax for describing hierarchical data. Rather than being a programming language, XML is a universal format for structured documents and data. Its tag-based syntax will be familiar to those familiar with HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and gives it the flexibility to handle complex data. Whereas HTML tells a Web browser how to present data, XML tells applications what the data means.

XML is well suited to solving data-interchange problems among heterogeneous systems; database-resident data is easily accessed, converted, and stored. In this chapter, you will see an overview of the XML access methods available in Oracle. XML and its toolsets are ...

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