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50 Understanding Circa-2003 XML Technologies

Wednesday, 29 October – 13:30-17:00 Afternoon

Don Box, Microsoft Corporation, dbox@microsoft.com

XML has grown out of the world of document management to become a broadly applicable technology that has impact on storage, messaging, and programming languages. This tutorial will look at the current landscape of XML technologies that are used to transmit, traverse, and transform XML-based information, with an emphasis on how these technologies impact current programming environments. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The XML Data Model(s)
  • Traversal: Imperative vs. Declarative
  • Transformation and Projection: XSLT and XML Query
  • Datatypes in XML: XML Schema Part II
  • Structural types in XML: XML Schema Part 1, Relax NG
  • XML Messaging: SOAP
  • Behavioral typing in XML: Web Services
  • Nominal typing in XML: RDF and WS-Policy

Attendee background

Attendees should have a basic familiarity with two or more type systems used in modern programming environments.




Don Box is an architect on the XML Messaging team at Microsoft, where he works on defining and implementing the web service protocol stack. Don co-created the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and has helped develop SOAP-based technologies such as WS-Policy, WS-Reliable Messaging and WS-Addressing. Don has written several books on component technologies for Addison Wesley, beginning with "Essential COM," and most recently, "Essential .NET."