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.
____________________________________ BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ____________________________________ HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth. In 1848, it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In 2014, it was found. This is its story. ____________________________________ ´Beyond terrific. I didn´t want it to end.´ - Bill Bryson ____________________________________ Michael Palin - Monty Python star and television globetrotter - brings the remarkable Erebus back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. The ship was filled with fascinating people: the dashing and popular James Clark Ross, who charted much of the ´Great Southern Barrier´; the troubled John Franklin, whose chequered career culminated in the Erebus´s final, disastrous expedition; and the eager Joseph Dalton Hooker, a brilliant naturalist - when he wasn´t shooting the local wildlife dead. Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica´s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller. ____________________________________ ´Thoroughly absorbs the reader. . . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.´ - Sunday Times ´This is an incredible book. I couldn´t put it down. The Erebus story is the Arctic epic we´ve all been waiting for.´ - Nicholas Crane ´Palin is a superb stylist, low-key and conversational, who skillfully incorporates personal experience. He turns up obscure facts, reanimates essential moments, and never shies away from taking controversial positions. This beautifully produced volume - colour plates, outstanding maps - is a landmark achievement.´ - Ken McGoogan, author of Fatal Passage ´I absolutely loved it: I had to read it at one sitting . . . Fascinating.´ - Lorraine Kelly, ITV Lorraine ´Magisterial . . . Brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s.´ - The Times