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IBM developerWorks: Tutorial: XML and scripting languages

Mar 04, 2000, 01:17 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Manipulating XML documents with Perl and other scripting languages."

"In this first tutorial of his series on using scripting languages to manipulate and transform XML documents, Binary Evolution's Parand Tony Daruger takes you through the first steps of using these techniques with Perl. You'll see a method for transforming XML to HTML, followed by a simple stock trading application that uses Perl, XML, and a database to evaluate trading rules. You can apply the techniques using other scripting languages too, including Tcl and Python."

"XML is designed to be human legible, and thus mainly text based. Scripting languages have historically been extremely adept at manipulating text. Scripting's flexibility and power make it a perfect complement to XML's descriptive abilities."

"XML is a medium for the expression, storage, and exchange of information. The addition of scripting allows this information to become active: to affect actions, undergo transformations, connect with existing systems, and take action instead of simply expressing information."

"In this article we will use Perl to manipulate and transform XML. You can apply the same techniques using other scripting languages too, including Tcl and Python. First a technique for transformation of XML to HTML will be shown, followed by a simple stock trading application that uses Perl, XML, and a database to evaluate trading rules."

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