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I am new to XML and need headstart for a car hire website which requires XML connectivity with its partners. So please help understand what do I need to know to start it?
Thanks for help!

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You need to know

- where and how you host your data
- what api your partners provide or need
- how to process / generate / query / store XML data

As you are building an internet service you could think about using a platform as a service in the cloud. Then, you don't have to take care for

- administration
- scaling as you grow
- replication
- backups
- automatic failover
- disaster recovery

Also, as you are building a XML based service you should use a programming language that can deal with it best. Most people are tempted to use a programming language like PHP, ruby, Java, or ".NET" to process XML and store the XML data in a SQL database. If you don't have plentiful of time and money to waste: don't do that because you have too much overhead for design, mappings, parsing and marshalling of XML data. It is much more efficient to use XQuery for example (From my experience I would say that you can safe around 80% on average for code, design, testing, maintenance ... ).

Check out for example: http://www.28msec.com. They provide a database in the cloud where you can store XML natively out of the box. Plus, you can implement complete websites or REST apis only.

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thanks so much for the help. will try that!

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