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Chapter 19. Introduction to XML and ColdFusion MX

Chapter 19. Introduction to XML and ColdFusion MX

As we have seen so far, ColdFusion MX has many new features and functions, but few are probably as exciting to developers as ColdFusion MX’s new XML functionality. As you may or may not know, XML has rapidly become the de facto standard for information exchange between parties on the Internet, is an invaluable tool for software integration and point-to-point technologies such as Jabber, and is the foundation of web services.

Previous versions of ColdFusion have required developers to develop and deploy their own parsers or to wrap commercial or open-source XML parsers such as those from the Apache project to perform XML parsing and manipulation. This can be a daunting task even for experienced programmers. In this chapter, though, we will become familiar with the basic features of ColdFusion’s XML functionality as well as the basic concepts and features of XML. After reading this chapter, you should have a good understanding of the foundational technologies and recommendations that make up XML. If you already have a solid understanding of XML and want to get to work immediately with web services, XSLT, XPath, or more advanced XML parsing, you can skip to Chapter 20, “Advanced XML.”


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