What Is JavaScript?

JavaScript (which is not actually related to Java) is the most popular scripting language today. Using JavaScript, you can embed programs in Web pages and run those programs. In the next chapter, we'll see how to use those programs to retrieve the contents of XML elements and attributes, and we'll even see how to search XML documents for data.

Internet Explorer provides strong XML support with XML islands, which let you embed XML directly in HTML pages, and by letting you read XML documents directly. In this chapter, we'll learn how to use JavaScript. In Chapter 7, we'll use it to parse XML documents. In Chapter 8, “XML and Data Binding,” we'll use JavaScript to load XML documents into database recordsets that have a great ...

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