Using XML Technologies (3 days Hands-on)

XML has become the de-facto standard way to integrate data between applications and with external trading partners. This course provides a comprehensive tour of the various XML technologies that have emerged over the last decade. The course describes how to specify XML document grammars, query XML data, link XML documents together, and transform XML documents into another format.


This training course is aimed at developers who need to create, manipulate, and transform XML documents.


Familiarity with XML and/or HTML document syntax.

Course outline:

  • XML Syntax and Semantics: XML document structure, elements, and attributes; Namespaces; Comments, processing instructions, and CDATA sections; Document design guidelines

  • Document Type Definitions (DTDs): Overview of DTDs; Defining elements and attributes; Defining entities; DTDs and namespaces

  • XML Schemas (XSD): Overview of XML Schemas; Defining elements and attributes; Defining simple types and complex types; XML Schema and namespaces; Using inheritance

  • Using XPath: UOverview of XPath; Using XPath in Java; Filtering results; Using XPath functions and operators

  • Using XLink and XPointer: Overview of XLink and XPointer; XLink syntax and examples; XPointer syntax and examples

  • Using XQuery: Overview of XQuery; XQuery FLOWR expressions; XQuery syntax; Selecting and filtering results; Using XQuery functions

  • Creating XSLT Style Sheets: Overview of XSLT; Defining template rules; Loops and decision making in XSLT; Sorting results; Defining and calling named template rules; Parameterizing template rules

  • Managing XSLT Style Sheets: Importing and including style sheets; Using keys; Cross-referencing documents; XSLT and namespaces

  • Using XSL-FO: What is XSL-FO? Defining XSL-FO documents; Areas, flow, and output blocks; Lists and tables; XSLT and XSL-FO

Andy Olsen - author of the course

Andy is a freelance consultant and instructor based in the UK, working mostly in the City of London and Oxford. Andy has been working with .NET since the Beta 1 days and has extensive experience in many facets of .NET development including WCF, WPF, WF, ASP.NET MVC Web development, and mobile applications. Andy has designed and written many Microsoft Official Curriculum courses in the last decade, and has been engaged as author and technical reviewer with Apress on some of their biggest selling books.

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