Introduction

Since first published in 1998, XML has become one of the core Internet technologies. XML now has spawned an entire family of standards that form the foundation of electronic publishing, information sharing, and application integrations.

If you are an Oracle database developer, choosing to use XML can simplify your tasks and bring efficiency to data access and operations. XML and its processing are also flexible enough to allow you to complete tasks in different ways. However, XML’s strength is also its weakness: XML’s format and processing are infinitely flexible and extensible. Therefore, quite often, there are a myriad of ways that you can use XML technologies to achieve the same goal. You may have difficulty choosing the best ...

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