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XML/XSLT Boot Camp for $1950

Altova Education partner This five-day boot camp introduces students to the family of XML languages: XML, XSL/XSLT, XLink, and XPath, as well as related technologies: CSS, DTDs, and Schema. XML and its related languages are used in many industries to standardize the transfer of data and integrate heterogeneous systems. As a text format, XML is easy to digest for many different applications. Different companies in the same industry can share information pulled from their own individual databases by translating it into a common text format (XML) and then sending it to their business partners, suppliers, and customers.

Days 1, 2, and 3: XML, DTDs, Schema, and CSS

In these first three days, we cover the basics of XML and how to create and validate syntactically correct and well-formed XML documents. We use the XMLSpy text editor tool. We validate XML documents against DTDs that designate what constitutes a well-formed document. Then we illustrate how to display XML documents in web browsers using CSS. We also introduce the concepts of namespaces, XLink for advanced linking techniques and Schema.

Schema succeeds DTDs as the language used to describe valid XML files. Schema (XSD files) are valid XML documents themselves and adheres to a standard themselves. A particular schema could designate whether an XML <automobile> element may or may not contain a "milesPerGallon" attribute.

Day 4 and 5: XSLT and XPath

Extensible Style Language encapsulates several concepts, the most useful of which are XSL Templates (XSLT) using XPath. XSLT is a programming language that allows you to manipulate the nodes of XML files. For example, you could use an XSLT template to transform an XML file describing a car into a web page displaying information about the car in <table> tags. XPath lets you precisely designate specify context, parent, child or attribute nodes.

Prerequisites:

  • For the XSLT portion of the course, experience with at least one programming language is desirable
  • Ability to create a web page by hand-coding HTML
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