If you are a Python programmer who wants to incorporate XML into your skill set, this is the book for you. 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. 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). The book provides effective practical applications, while referencing many of the tools involved in XML processing and Python, and highlights cross-platform issues along with tasks relevant to enterprise computing. You will find ample coverage of XML flow analysis and details on ways in which you can transport XML through your network. Whether you are using Python as an application language, or as an administrative or middleware scripting language, you are sure to benefit from this book. If you want to use Python to manipulate XML, this is your guide.
Text 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. Provides effective practical application while referencing many of the tools involved in xml processing and Python.
This book comes to you as a result of the collaboration of two authors who became interested in the topic in very different ways. Hopefully our motivations will help you understand what we each bring to the book, and perhaps prove to be at least a little entertaining as well.
Chris Jones started using XML several years ago, and began using Python more recently. As a consultant for major companies in the Seattle area, he first used XML as the core data format for web site content in a home-grown publishing system in 1997. But he really became an XML devotee when developing an open source engine, which eventually became the key technology for Planet 7 Technologies. As a consultant, he continues to use XML on an almost daily basis for everything from configuration files to document formats.