XML JavaBeans, Part 1

Make JavaBeans mobile and interoperable with XML

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Mark Johnson has a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University (1986), and has been writing for JavaWorld since August 1997. He knows nothing about spectator sports and likes it that way. (On a good day, he can watch a game being played on TV and tell you what sport it is, usually on the first guess.) Mark currently works as a designer and developer for Object Products Inc. in Fort Collins, CO. He is also the Webmaster for several organizations, including Project New Miramesi, a Honduras reconstruction project.

Learn more about this topic

  • For IBM's Bean Markup Language (BML), see http://www.alphaWorks.ibm.com/formula
  • One of the better "one-stop shopping" sources for XML information is at XML.com. It has links to just about everything in the XML world. One of the more interesting things at this site is, believe it or not, the commentary on XML technology. See http://www.xml.com
  • A current version of the XML FAQ by Peter Flynn, et al., appears at the following site. This is the version of the FAQ recommended by the W3C http://www.ucc.ie/xml/
  • The parser from IBM's xml4j package is available free for noncommercial use. It's even free for commercial use, but be sure to read the license agreement first http://www.alphaWorks.ibm.com/formula/XML
  • In a note unrelated to JavaBeans, but still too cool for words, check out Jikes, IBM's new open source java compiler! Find out about it at the alphaWorks site http://www.alphaWorks.ibm.com/formula/JikesOS
  • For IBM's Bean Markup Language (BML), see http://www.alphaWorks.ibm.com/formula/BML
  • If you're interested in the fine details of the current Document Object Model (Level 1) Specification, you can find it at the W3C's Web site http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-DOM-Level-1/level-one-core.html
  • Microsoft has a good set of tutorials on XML http://www.microsoft.com/xml/tutorial/default.asp
  • Microsoft also offers a whole XML "workshop" area. Don't try to access the workshop in Netscape, thoughthe table of contents doesn't work! These documents are free training, and are well-written (though the examples don't always work, even in IE5beta.) Just don't be fooled into thinking that everything there is open standard. Some of the tutorials and many of the articles are about Microsoft-only technology that won't work with all browsers or platforms. http://www.microsoft.com/xml/default.asp
  • Sun's "Java Project X -- Java Services for XML Technology" Web page features a FAQ on Sun's set of core XML-enabling services written completely in the Java (which you can download), as well as an interview with Dave Brownell, designer of Sun's Java Project X, on XML and Java Technology. http://java.sun.com/products/javaprojectx/
  • The source code for this article is available for download in Unix tar format http://www.javaworld.com/jw-02-1999/beans/XMLBeans.tar
  • It's also available in zip format http://www.javaworld.com/jw-02-1999/beans/XMLBeans.zip
  • You can also download a jar file with the class files, ready to run, from http://www.javaworld.com/jw-02-1999/beans/XMLBeans.jar
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