Building B2B Applications with XML: A Resource Guide by Michael James Fitzgerald

By Michael James Fitzgerald

What each IT supervisor and procedure administrator must learn about the expertise that drives the B2B marketplace
The B2B industry is quickly exploding--fast outpacing business-to-consumer e-commerce and anticipated to arrive greater than $7 trillion in revenues by means of 2004. This guidebook equips XML authors, programmers, and executives with the expertise knowledge they should create and enhance easy but strong B2B structures from scratch. It presents easy-to-understand reasons on how and why XML and different very important applied sciences reminiscent of HTTP and MIME are riding the B2B industry. in addition to XML and Java code examples, readers will locate extensive assurance of rising criteria and protocols, together with easy item entry Protocol (SOAP), ebXML from OASIS/UN/CEFACT, XML universal company Language (xCBL), BizTalk, and trade XML (cXML).

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XML is structured. Structure is inherent in XML as elements in XML have parent-child relationships. This allows you to structure text-based data in a clear, logical way. You cannot get away from it, and that is a good thing because this structure helps software—and humans—to organize, find, read, and interpret documents and data quickly and accurately. XML is the basis for a file format. I like to think of XML as the basis for universal file formats. Because XML’s structure is orderly and predictable and because its data content can be clearly and easily labeled, XML documents can potentially be shared between entirely different computer and software systems.

Here is a simple example of how to apply a separate CSS stylesheet. The following applies a block display property and a font size of 12 points to the p element (72 points equals an inch): /* CSS stylesheet */ p {display: block; font-size: 12pt} The first line is a C or Java style comment. The p is the selector: It selects the element to which you want to apply a style. Display and font-size are the properties; block and 12pt are the values for those properties. A block style or characteristic blocks a chunk of text, usually with a bit of whitespace above and below it, like a paragraph in a book.

This will print in the result tree the content of Date (that is, 2001-01-02). Following that you see the text Partner:, with apply-templates selecting the partner attribute (@partner, another XPath value) from the Order element. As you can guess, XSLT allows you to manipulate the result output so that it is in a different order than the source. Remember, the operative term here is transformation. Next the example grabs the content of Item and its attribute type. You can see that the syntax is a little different, though, as in Item/@type.

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