* Covers all the most recent XML core and related specificationsincluding XML 1.1, J2EE 1.4, Microsoft.NET's latest iteration, aswell as open source XML items from the Apache project.
* Strong coverage of XML use with databases, transactions, andXML security.
* Discusses both Microsoft (.NET) and Sun (Java) programmingintegration with XML, an approach not taken in any other book.
* Presents extensive business examples, including several majorapplications developed throughout the book.
* No previous exposure to XML is assumed.