image

CHAPTER52The Hitchhiker’s Guide to XML in Oracle

eXtensible Markup Language (XML) 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, which will be familiar to those familiar with HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), 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. This chapter ...

Get Oracle Database 12c The Complete Reference now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.