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    Senior Member Eddy Bones's Avatar
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    What is it used for? I've heard of it, I know what the acronym stands for, but I don't know the use. Is it used on the internet or other mediums?

    And what I would most like to know is: as a web developer, would I benefit from learning XML?

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    Start here:

    http://www.webdesignforums.net/showthread.php?t=11745
    http://www.webdesignforums.net/showthread.php?t=11787
    http://www.webdesignforums.net/showthread.php?t=19275
    http://www.webdesignforums.net/showthread.php?t=18215
    http://www.webdesignforums.net/showthread.php?t=7930



    Here's a summary of things I've made recently with XML technologies:

    1. Real-time JPG Maker - The "Wallpaper Maker" allows you to create a JPG image from Flash using SVG (an XML technology).
      http://lacatira.stg.bittime.com/wallpaper_maker.jsp
      log in with usuario/contra = 4707051/test to try it out
      .
    2. UNIVERSAL Content Management - allows you to create HTML pages, RSS news feeds, and PDFs from the same XML data source.
      HTML page = http://www.stg.bittime.com/index.jsp...d=company/news
      RSS feed = http://www.stg.bittime.com/index.jsp...d=company/news
      HTML page = http://www.stg.bittime.com/index.jsp...stomer_service
      PDF file = http://www.stg.bittime.com/pdf.jsp?t...stomer_service
      .
    3. Dynamic Flash - uses XML to allow Flash to communicate with a database for dynamic content (dynamic forms, data processing, etc.)
      http://www.mundoimation.com/flash.html
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    4. Flash Content Management - allows you to update the content in the flash movie and add pages without editing the SWF file.
      http://www.interflightstudio.com/


    As you can see there are lots of cool things you can do with XML - some of which can be duplicated without it, but with significantly more effort.

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    Yes, transio is an XML fanboi.
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    Yup, I thought he'd pop up in this thread sooner or later. I saw his post about about...um..that kinda stuff, and I figured I had better know what it is so I could better understand what he was talking about.

    BTW, sorry I didn't search the forum first. The thought completely escaped my mind.

    Oh man, I gotta learn this stuff! Fun!

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    Simply put: XML is the ideal way to store heirarchical data.

    The web is heirarchical. The web should be XML. I've worked with it extensively in the past few months, and it's safe to say that XML *is* already powering the cool parts of the web, many times in ways you're unaware.

    It's a standard language in a land of unconformity.. it's so open, yet flexible that it can't help but be adopted. I suppose, coming from a 'little' webdesigner's point of view it may seem trivial - but dealing with the big boys - it's the only way to go.
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    Are you calling me little? :P lol

    But I'm making my way up the ladder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddy Bones
    And what I would most like to know is: as a web developer, would I benefit from learning XML?
    You already know the concepts if you code in XHTML. Pure XML is even easier unless you're bound by a specific DTD.
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    I'd like to add that if you're a Flash developer, the future of Flash will use Macromedia's own MX XML (a part of the Macromedia Flex architecture) for much of the functionality you're used to doing manually right now.


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