Book Review of the Month

Using XML with Legacy Business Applications
Michael C. Rawlins
A lot of IT people are busy making different applications running on different platforms "talk" to each other. XML was invented as the "Esperanto" of the IT world to get these systems to understand each other. In practice however it just isn't that simple, as most of these applications don't talk XML yet, until this book.

This book is a real "do it" book. It does not teach you XML or XSLT but shows you how to use it. What I especially liked is that he discusses his design considerations; he wants you to understand the why's. Once he thinks you know the basics he goes back to his basic design and improves it, to make it make it fully reusable and modular making it even better.

Mr. Rawlins gives you toolbox of utilities, with the source code, that can become the building blocks for your own application integration system. I have not come across a book with as much usable code in my IT career. We have already redesigned quite a few of our systems because of it. If you are into "connectivity" you can't be without this book.

P.S. The word Legacy in the title does not imply big mainframes.

(Johannes de Jong - Bartender, January 2004)
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Other books reviewed in January :

Java Data Objects by David Jordan and Craig Russell
Head First Java by Bert Bates, Kahy Sierra
Eclipse: Step-by-Step by Joe Pluta
WebSphere Studio Application Developer 5.0: Practical J2EE Development by Igor Livshin
The XSL Companion by Neil Bradley
Tivo Hacks by Raffi Krikorian
XML Data Management: Native XML and XML-Enabled Database Systems by Akmal B. Chaudhri, Awais Rashid, Roberto Zicari
XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park et al
Java Frameworks and Components: Accelerate your Web Application Development by Michael Nash
Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner
Agile Database Techniques: Effective Strategies for the Agile Software Developer by Scott Ambler
Software Development for Small Teams: A RUP-Centric Approach by Gary Pollice, Liz Augustine, Chris Lowe, Jas Madhur
Using and Understanding Java Data Objects by David Ezzio
Software by Numbers by Mark Denne, Jane Cleland-Huang