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XML primer

A 3 day
training course

XML primer training course description

This course has been designed for web and intranet developers who want to accelerate their learning of XML and its applications without the grind of book learning. Although a basic knowledge of HTML and JavaScript is assumed, it is also assumed you know very little about XML and how to use it. On completion of this course you should understand the benefits of using XML and be able to design XML solutions where applicable to your company’s Internet/intranet requirements. The course will be particularly beneficial if you want to know how to communicate data to diverse applications over the Internet or company intranet.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Write XML.
  • Debug XML.
  • Examine existing code and determine its function.

XML primer training course details

Who will benefit:
Anyone working with XML.
Mastering HTML
3 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall rating:

Customer review

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

XML primer training course contents

The origins of XML
Markup languages, SGML, document type definitions and validity, introducing XML, IE and XML, accessing content and adding style.

Basic XML
XML document structure, elements and attributes, grammar, well formed documents, other XML elements and references.

Document Type Definition (DTDs)
Creating a DTD, basic declaration, declaring elements, content definitions, entities, entity declarations, notations, defining attributes, attribute types, forcing inclusion or exclusion of DTD sections, validation.

Declaring namespaces, scoping, removing and changing namespaces, qualified names, attribute namespaces.

An introduction to schemas
Constructing schemas, defining the root element and its contents,<ELEMENTTYPE>, defining root element contents, adding attributes definitions, <ATTRIBUTETYPE>, <ELEMENT>, <ATTRIBUTE>.

XML & the Document Object Model (DOM)
What the DOM offers, DOM and W3C.

Basic DOM concepts
XML documents as trees, terminology of tree elements. Key DOM Objects: The document object and its creation, base objects, IE specifics, the XML node hierarchy.

Programming DOM
Viewing a DOM model as XML, getting the root element of a document, iterating nodes of a DOM, basic node properties, collection objects, searching for specific values, filtering a nodelist by tagname, more filtering methods, selecting nodes from their attributes.

Amending Content and Structure
Creating/saving a DOM as XML, changing content/structure, dynamically building a DOM.

Using ASP and other techniques
ASP techniques, HTTPREQUEST object, XSL, transforming and formatting XML. Formatting Using CSS. CSS And XML.

XSL Transformations - XSLT
Introduction, the XSL root element, applying XSL stylesheets to XML, XSL elements and operations, instructions - creating text nodes and applying templates, a 'drill-down' approach, simple output formatting, pattern filters - patterns based on position, the Match and Select attributes and their patterns, formatting output, creating new XML in output.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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