XML Server Getting Started
Cross platform development
XMLSP supports cross platform development and deployment. For example, you can develop an application using XMLSP
on Windows and deploy the very same application on UNIX or vice versa. You can even have a cross platform team of
developers, some using Windows and some using UNIX, developing the same application at the same time. They can freely
share XMLSP objects used in the application, because the objects are the same across the different computing platforms that
XMLSP provides easy access to corporate information stored in a wide variety of databases. Data can be accessed by an
application server objects via JDBC interface either with or without connection pool.
This document describes how to develop XML Server Pages (XMLSP)
for J2EE compliant application
servers. It outlines the difference between developing a regular J2EE Web Application and the one powered with XMLSP
As a reminder,
is a term defined by the
Java Servlet Specification v2.2
to describe the set of server side
resources that make up the interactive interface of an online application, such as servlets, Java Server Pages, HTML pages,
server side classes etc. The specification defines how these resources can be packaged into a portable "Web Application
aRchive" (WAR) file so they may be deployed on an application server that supports the WAR standard. A Web Application
operates within a Servlet Context that defines an environment that is separated from other Web Applications running on the
same server. Each Web Application is accompanied by a deployment descriptor that ties its resources together, and describes
how they are deployed on the Servlet2.2 compliant application server.
XMLSP software itself is installed on the customer's Application Server as two WebApplications:
illustrates usage of different XMLSP controls and coding techniques. Assuming XMLSP
software is installed on the
at port 80 you can start page, which integrates all examples at
It is recommended that you also partition your own development into J2EE WebApplication(s). For the purpose of this
tutorial we will use pre installed Examples one.
Installation options for MSXML parser on client Workstations
The basic requirement XMLSP imposes on the client PCs is that Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 or higher is used as a browser.
Recommended version of the IE is 6.0 as it includes proper version of MSXML parser. For IE5.5, the XML engine is a
separately distributed module primarily because XML specifications were approved much after the official release of IE5.5.
In particular, the latest release of MSXML that XMLSP has been tested with is MSXML 3.0 SP2 (You can find all available
XML downloads at MSDNLibrary
To support automatic on demand download of MSXML 3.0 SP2, XMLSP software is installed with
the root of Web Application named
on your Application Server (you can also
Below is the snippet of the HTML that forces the download and install of MSXML 3.0 SP2 engine during the
parsing of the :
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