Python & XML
XML Processing with Python
By Christopher A. Jones, Fred L. Drake Jr
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2001
Pages: 380

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.

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XML tools have moved on

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  • Helpful examples
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Comments about oreilly Python & XML:

When I first bought this in 2005 it was very helpful, especially the examples using SAX.

However Frank Lundh has now written the Element Tree module which is much easier to use to parse and write XML in Python.

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Great book with some flaws

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I've learned a lot from this book. If you are going to use XML with Python this is the book to get. I do wish that the examples had been better debugged -- between figuring out Apache configuration to run the examples, errors in the examples, and lack of any CGI debugging code in the examples, it has been a rough road just to try the sample code. I wish there had been a one page summary of Apache config for Windows so that I could have saved the several hours spent searching the web for the correct configuration to start working with the book. Still, this is the book to get.

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I am a starter with XML and this book starts with XML slowly and picks up speed with chapters SAX and DOM. Good are begineers as well as experienced person in XML. Examples are given appropriately. The only drawback is you should know python, since i already knew python i had no problem with this. Examples are quite good.

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