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LinuxWorld: Practical XML with Linux, Part 1

Sep 30, 1999, 18:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Uche Ogbuji)

"In this article and others to follow, I'll take a closer look at some of the practical things you can do with XML."

"Luckily for this purpose, the Linux community has taken to XML as well as I could have hoped. Many Linux development projects and languages use XML processors and libraries. The Cocoon project is building around Apache an XML-processing system that is, in at least one area, ahead of most commercial equivalents. KDE, the K Desktop Environment, uses XML as the native file format for its impressive KOffice. GNOME has an entire menagerie of XML tools, libraries, and applications, some part of the general releases and some strictly in CVS, the Concurrent Versions System. It is also nice to see that a trickle of apps -- mostly GNOME Toolkit apps using libxml -- are moving to XML-based config files, as I advocated in April."

In commercial space, Oracle 8i has come to Linux with an aggressive adoption of XML and many tools for XML document management. As I write, IBM's DB2 Universal Database 6.1 should be winging its way by courier to those who signed up for development copies; it, too, makes a strong commitment to XML. The other Universal DBMS engines for Linux are not far behind."

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