January 4, 2002

The Combination of Python and XML a Potent One, Python is Ideal for Manipulating XML Says Coauthor of "Python & XML"

Sebastopol, CA--Python has attracted a wide variety of developers, who use it either as glue to connect critical programming tasks together, or as a complete cross-platform application development language. Yet, because it is object-oriented and has powerful text manipulation abilities, Python is an ideal language for manipulating XML.

"The combination of XML and Python is very important for solving problems, particularly across platforms," says Christopher A. Jones, coauthor of O'Reilly's latest book release, Python & XML. "Python is an excellent language, and its Python support is easy to understand and powerful when used. Many of the things people would traditionally do with Perl they can do more cleanly with Python, and coupled with the great XML support from PyXML, Python is a very viable solution today. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a great deal of documentation regarding the excellent XML support in Python."

Python & XML gives you a solid foundation for using these two languages together. Loaded with practical examples, this new volume highlights common application tasks, so that you can learn by doing. The book starts with the basics then quickly progresses to complex topics, like transforming XML with XSLT, querying XML with XPath, and working with XML dialects and validation. It also explores the more advanced issues: using Python with SOAP and distributed web services, and using Python to create scalable streams between distributed applications (like databases and web servers).

Whether you are using Python as an application language, or as an administrative or middleware scripting language, you are sure to benefit from this new book.

About the Authors:

Fred L. Drake is a member of the PythonLabs team, and has been contributing to Python since 1995. He took over maintenance of Python's documentation in 1998, changing the face of both the printed and online forms. He has been active in the PyXML project since it started. Christopher A. Jones has an extensive background in Internet system programming and XML. He is the cofounder of Planet 7 Technologies.

Online Resources:

Python & XML
By Fred L. Drake, Jr., Christopher A. Jones
0-596-00128-2, 384 pages, $39.95 (US), $59.95 (CA), z28.50 (UK)

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