You may wonder how to get started if you are new to programming with XML. This XML course aims to get you started with the foundations of XML development. XML is the default language for defining and transmitting data on the Internet. Currently, almost all websites and web services support XML.
In this course, we will explore XML and explains why it’s such a powerful language for sharing and transmitting data between different systems and services such as exchanging data from a Python service provider to a PHP-based website like WordPress. You will discover the basics of an XML document, and how to define XML documents and learn their syntax.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to create XML Documents, create and use XML Schema files and also import and include schemas in other schemas. You will also learn advanced topics such as using XML schemas, the purpose of a DTD, and Extensible Style sheet Language (XSL) to transform an XML document to another document and much more.
Specifically, we start off with learning XML fundamentals like essential XML syntax (elements, attributes, entity references, etc), XML document validation and XML namespaces. After learning the basics of XML, we move on to the following 10 topics:
1- Reading, Writing and Modifying XML in Programs
2- Designing XML to Model Application Data
Here you learn how to use XML to model real-world data and processes. It is also related to using XML in data modeling and OO analysis and design. For instance, while building relationship models of entities, you need to know how to use containment, composition and subelements. Another important topic is to know how to model data schemas.
3- Defining and Enforcing Correct XML Usage
Here you learn how to define an XML application dialect. Also, to enforce correct XML syntax, you need to run a few validation checks such as Document Type Definition or DTD validation and schema validation.
4- Designing Document Type Definitions (DTD)
Here you learn about essential DTD markup and how to define Content Models with ELEMENT Declarations or defining attributes with ATTLIST Declarations. You learn how to use elements, entities and namespaces in conjunction with DTD. For instance, in a project you may need to know how to group elements for reuse.
5- Viewing and Styling XML in Browsers
Here you try to add some styling like Cascading Style Sheets or CSS to your XML codes so that they look more user friendly. Styling an XML documents is quite different than styling a web page. Some of XML-related CSS topics are Selectors, Classes, Styles, attributes, and rules.
6- Designing XML Schemas
This step is very important for building clean and organized XML documents. There are two areas of XML schemas that are very important: i- Document Structure and ii- Data Types. For Document Structure, you need to know how to use essential structural elements like attribute, simpleType, etc. Then, you move on to learn more about Global and more complex Types.
For Data Types, you learn how to derive Types with extension and restriction or use validation with pattern matching or regular expression. Here you master different methods of validations like checking for required fields, etc.
7- Transforming XML with XSL and XPath
In this step, you explore how the eXtensible Stylesheet Language or XSL works. You also need to learn about XSL Transforms or XSLT. The following are a few more things to learn:
- Linking a Stylesheet to an XML Document
- Template Text and XSLT Output
- Rendering HTML Using XSLT and CSS
- Applying a Transform in a Web Browser
- Applying a Transform Programmatically
8- Using XML as Web Content
In this step, you use XML in conjunction with display technologies. That means, you use XML with improved HTML for browsers or mobile profiles. Other topics are to check browser support for rendering XML or using special-purpose display XML like SVG.
9- Defining XSL Transforms
At this stage, you learn how to define an XSL stylesheet with elements such as template, value-of, etc. You should learn how to apply template to selected contents and many more or use XPath expressions in "select" and "match" attributes. We spend more time here as there are many more topics to learn.
10- Storing and Mapping XML Databases
In this step, you learn how to map XML to a database DDL. Along the way, you build XML from query results or storing XML in the database. You also need to explore XQuery for searching and querying XML data.
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- Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS programming.
Who this course is for
- Programmers or Analysts who want to create XML and XML Schema files.
- Individuals who want to master XML and XML schema
- Senior mobile App developers or system engineers as XML is heavily used for API development
You can also take this course via our Full-stack Web Development Bootcamp. After finishing this course, you can take the following classes:
This course is available in a self-paced video format starting at $60. Click here to learn more and register. For complete self-paced web design training, visit our Web design and development bundle page.
Our live courses are also offered via our enterprise training program which comes with:
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