Since XML is a very vast subject, while you study it and that’s the reason why this is one more post is needed to be written of its review. In this post you can find description of remaining features of XML, after we looked at ‘What is XML and how it is structured in previous post (An Overview of XML – Part 1)
While implementing XML you will always feel that it helps a lot of data sharing options. From a web developer’s point of view this is very positive aspect of XML because for the smooth function of a website you always need such type of data sharing among various web applications, which hold data in different structures. Due to XML this sharing can be made easy for the developers. Because every applicaton’s data structure can be mapped upon XML structure all the applications can share data in a common XML format.
An XML file can be read by human but still it’s not an interesting and easy task to do so. Being free of cost is a positive aspect of XML, it can be written with a simple text editor and tools like ‘XML Notepad’ are available fro free of cost. XML is supported by default by the web development application like Dreamweaver and Visual Studio .NET. If one want to parse it then Microsoft also provide a tool named with ‘MSXML’. XML is also usable with almost all of the leading CMS (Content Management Systems), XML documents are mostly used for storing the content which can be further transformed to provide the output on Web. The advantage of XML while transforming such data is that it make makes all changes to content to be contained at a central location and it is cascaded out in all formats required.