Chapter 4. XML Fundamentals
If you want to connect Flash to the outside world, you need to learn XML. This may strike you as yet another a tedious chore (it did us), but it is not. This is an opportunity to ride a wave that is transforming the Internet. The XML standard is relatively simple, but the XML perspective is profound. Simply learning the syntax gets you going today with Flash ”but if you understand the purpose of the standard, you will be ready for the web of tomorrow.
This chapter presents the roots of XML, the philosophy of XML, and the power that the philosophy can provide ” especially in a world where change is the only constant and where the role of automation increases every day. These pages can be skipped by any pragmatic programmer. They contain no code or rules of syntax. More thoughtful readers might want to spend fifteen minutes contemplating why XML ”which manages to be both simple and clumsy ”merits the attention it attracts.