Course XML Fundamentals

In the course XML Fundamentals participants will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of XML. The concepts of the meta language XML are discussed as well as the usage of XML.

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    XML Syntax

    Attention is paid to the syntax of XML documents and to the difference between well-formed and valid XML documents.

    DTD's and XML Schema

    The role of Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and XML Schema's (XSD files) is discussed as well as the importance of several derived XML languages, so called XML vocabularies, is explained.

    XPath and XSLT

    Also the different ways to present XML documents is covered. In this respect the focus is on the use of eXtended Stylesheet and Transformation Language (XSLT) style sheets and the XPath language to locate and address certain parts in an XML document.


    The XQuery XML standard for accessing XML and relational data stores is covered and the syntax and practical applications of XQuery are explained.

    Web Services

    Also attention is paid to Web services for exchanging data between heterogeneous distributed systems and related standards such as SOAP and WSDL.

    DOM and SAX

    Finally the access of an XML document from a programming language with the DOM and SAX API is discussed. Possible follow-up courses are XSLT Stylesheet, XML Schema and XQuery.

  • Course XML Fundamentals : Training

    Audience Course XML Fundamentals

    The course XML Fundamentals is designed for project managers, system analysts, application developers and system administrators who want to learn the fundamentals of XML and how and where XML can be used.

    Prerequisites Course XML Fundamentals

    To attend this course basic knowledge of the Internet and HTML is required. Knowledge of databases and object oriented programming is beneficial to the understanding of the subject matter.

    Realization Training XML Fundamentals

    The theory is covered using presentation slides. Demos are used to clarify the theory. There is ample opportunity to practice.

    Certification XML Fundamentals

    Participants receive an official certificate XML Fundamentals after successful completion of the course.

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  • Course XML Fundamentals : Modules

    Module 1 : XML Introduction

    Module 2 : XML Syntax

    Module 3 : XML Validity

    What is XML?
    XML versus HTML
    Structured Documents
    Roots of XML
    XML Standard
    Markup Languages
    XML as Meta Language
    Benefits of XML
    XML Technologies
    Applications of XML
    XML Validation with XML Schema
    XML Presentation with Stylesheets
    XML Transport with Web Services
    XML Document Structure
    Node Tree
    XML Prolog
    XML Elements
    XML Attributes
    Well Formed Documents
    Valid Documents
    Processing Instructions
    Entity References
    CDATA Sections
    Character References
    Document Type Definition
    DOCTYPE Declaration
    Internal and External DTD
    Element Declaration in DTD
    Attribute Declaration in DTD
    XML Schema as DTD Successor
    DTD to XML-Schema Conversion
    XML-Schema Vocabulary
    XML Schema Namespace
    Referencing XML Schema’s
    Simple and Complex Types
    XML Schema Data Types
    User Defined Data Types

    Module 4 : XML Formatting

    Module 5 : XQuery

    Module 6 : XML Programming

    Separate Content and Presentation
    What is XSL?
    XSLT Stylesheets
    How does XSLT work?
    What is XPath?
    Stylesheet Blueprint
    Using Predicates
    Applying templates
    XSLT as Transformation Language
    What is XQuery?
    XQuery Processing Model
    Types of Queries
    Where is XQuery used?
    XQuery and other Technologies
    Basic Syntax Rules
    Selecting Nodes
    XPath Expressions
    FLWOR Expressions
    Structure of an XQuery Module
    XQuery Functions
    Element Constructors
    Conditional Expressions
    XML Processing Options
    The XML DOM
    Building a DOM Tree
    Node Interface Model
    XML Access through DOM
    Navigation and Manipulation
    Simple API for XML
    SAX Callbacks
    XML Parsing Models
    Pull Parsing versus Push Parsing
    What is JAXB?
    JAXB Architecture
    JAXB Binding Life Cycle

    Module 7 : XML Web Services

    What is a Web Service?
    Role of Interface
    Web Service Stack
    RPC Style Web Services
    Document Style Web Services
    What is SOAP?
    Structure SOAP Message
    SOAP Messages as Payload
    SOAP Header
    What is WSDL?
    Basic Structure WSDL
    WSDL and Code generation
    Service Orientation
    WS Standards Overview
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