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XML primer  |    A 3 day   hands on   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.

What will you learn
  • Write XML.
  • Debug XML.
  • Examine existing code and determine its function.
XML primer training course details

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.

  • Namespaces
  • 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.

Learning path



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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.