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XML Introduction

Extensible Markup Language (XML) has become the default format for systems, and can offer your organisation an effective way to conduct business-to-business transactions and handle data interchange. In this XML introduction training course, you gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience using XML and related technologies — including XSL, schemas, XPath, XQuery and DOM.

Learning Objectives

You Will Learn How To

  • Leverage the power of Extensible Markup Language (XML) and related technologies
  • Modify and search XML documents using the DOM and XQuery
  • Transform XML documents and apply presentation styles with XSL
  • Ensure XML data conforms to design requirements using schemas
  • Implement strategies to secure XML data interchange



  • A working knowledge of computers and some experience using Windows

Recommended Experience:

  • Knowledge of programming and web development

Course Content

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Surveying the XML landscape
  • The business benefits of XML
  • Exchanging data with XML: RSS, Ajax, web services
  • Designing and Implementing XML Documents

XML document structure

  • The document root and prologue
  • Elements
  • Attributes
  • Entities
  • Namespaces
  • Differentiating well-formed and valid documents
  • Exploiting popular XML editing tools

XML design and data mapping

  • Elements vs. attributes
  • Design techniques
  • Designing an XML document from a requirements document

Distinguishing dialects with namespaces

  • Adhering to proper naming conventions
  • Eliminating document ambiguity with namespaces
  • Defining namespaces using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI)
  • Generating and Updating XML Documents

The XML processing models

  • Document Object Model
  • Event-driven processing
  • Navigating a document with XPath
  • Querying a document with XQuery
  • Event-driven vs. tree-based models

Communicating with databases using XML

  • Database storage options
  • Retrieving database results as XML
  • Reformatting database results with XQuery
  • Storing XML with a native XML data type

Processing information with the DOM

  • Navigating XML documents
  • Extracting and modifying data
  • Building XML documents from scratch
  • Creating element and text nodes
  • Validating XML Data

Constraining XML structure and content

  • Defining an XML structure with Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
  • Building XML schemas to validate XML structure/data

Validation with XML schemas

  • XML schema syntax and components
  • Specifying valid elements and attributes
  • Encapsulating business rules in XML schemas
  • Leveraging schema datatypes

Extending schemas

  • Importing existing schemas
  • Leveraging modular schemas
  • Defining custom user-defined types
  • Transforming Documents with Extensible Style Language (XSL)

The power of XML transformation

  • Converting XML documents to adhere to schemas
  • Processing documents with pattern matching
  • Specifying output format with templates
  • XSL best practices

Applying style to data

  • Formatting XML data for presentation
  • Styling XML for display as HTML and PDF

Searching and filtering with XPath

  • Formatting and sequencing XML data
  • Sorting, grouping and filtering output
  • Application Security and Integration

Securing XML applications

  • Implementing transport security
  • Encrypting XML data
  • Enabling SOAP security with WS-Security

Integrating applications with XML

  • Communicating with XML messaging
  • Investigating web services, SOAP and WSDL
  • Enabling an Ajax-powered web page with XML
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