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Introduction to XML:
1 Day Onsite or 7-Hour Online Class and Hands-On Training

This one-day course introduces the eXtensible Markup Language, or XML, including basic grammar and XML validation using DTDs or XML Schema. Students learn to read and to hand-write XML well-formed XML documents, and then proceed to modeling concepts, first learning the basic DTD language and then studying namespaces and XML Schema. The course closes with a chapter on important XML-related technology, including XPath, XSLT, SAX or DOM parsing, and SOAP-based Web services.

The module presents what might be called "Pure XML" -- by which we mean two things. Firstly, everything in the module is based strictly on W3C specifications, without any vendor-specific extensions. Secondly, no knowledge of any particular programming language or other external technology is required to participate fully in the module. Thus the hands-on exercises, and the knowledge that is developed, are portable and applicable to any XML authoring or development effort.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the broad influence of XML on emerging software architectures.
  • Write well-formed XML documents to express simple or complex document content.
  • Write DTDs to set rules for XML document validation.
  • Write valid XML documents with internal and/or external document type definitions.
  • Understand the limitations of DTDs in expressing document and object designs and in setting strict validation rules.
  • Read and write XML using namespaces to import type information and to partition the XML namespace.
  • Use XML Schema to validate XML documents.
  • U\nderstand the roles of XPath, XSLT, parsing, and Web services in the broader scope of XML technology in software applications
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  • A Brief History of XML
    • Birth of XML
    • Content vs. Presentation
    • Self-Describing Data
    • A Standard Document Format
    • Uses for XML
  • XML Grammar
    • Structure of an XML Document
    • Handling Whitespace
    • Character and Entity References
    • Well-Formed XML
    • Elements
    • Attributes
    • Processing Instructions
    • Comments
    • CDATA Sections
  • Valid XML
    • Document Types
    • DTD Structure
    • Defining Elements
    • Cardinality
    • Attributes
    • Required, Implied, Default, and Fixed Attributes
    • Enumerations
    • XML Namespaces
    • Limitations of DTDs
    • XML Schema
    • Advantages of XML Schema
    • Data Types
  • Using XML in Applications
    • SAX and DOM Parsing
    • XSLT
    • XPath
    • XSL-FO
    • Web Services
    • SOAP
  • Appendix A. Learning Resources
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