Exchanging and Transforming Data Using XML and XSLT

5 Day Course
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Code M1913

This course has been retired. The Transforming XML using XSLT Style Sheets course is recommended as an alternative.


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Overview of XML and XSLT (6 topics)

  • Representing Data with XML
  • Transforming XML Documents with XSLT
  • Using XML and XSLT to Build Solutions <ul> After completing this module, students wll be able to: </ul>
  • Describe the syntax of XML documents.
  • Describe the purpose of XSLT style sheets
  • Describe typical problems that XSLT style sheets are used to solve.

Selecting and Navigating Nodes Using XPath (10 topics)

  • Introducing XPath
  • Accessing Node Information
  • Navigating a Document Using Location Paths
  • Using Operators and Functions in Location Paths
  • Lab 2.1: Accessing Node Information
  • Lab 2.2: Selecting and Navigating Nodes Using XPath <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to use Xpath to traverse nodes in a tree. This includes: </ul>
  • Using XPath expressions within the Document Object Model (DOM) methods selectNodes() and selectSingleNode().
  • Writing XPath location paths to select specific nodes from an XML document.
  • Writing conditional expressions in XPath.
  • Using XPath operators and functions to write more sophisticated expressions.

Introducing XSLT (6 topics)

  • Introducing XSLT
  • Template Rules
  • Enhancing Template Rules
  • Lab: Defining and Using Template Rules <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to explain and implement the rules for using templates in XSLT. This includes: </ul>
  • Applying an XSLT style sheet to an XML document, both statically and dynamically.
  • Defining and instantiating template rules to make use of the transformation capabilities of XSLT.

Refining and Combining Style Sheets (10 topics)

  • Sorting Document Content
  • Controlling Document Output
  • Including and Importing Style Sheets
  • Lab: Refining and Combining XSLT Style Sheets <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to sort the contents of an XML document and use style sheets. This includes: </ul>
  • Specifying a sort order for the result document, alphabetically or numerically, in ascending or descending order.
  • Specifing number formats for the result document.
  • Specifing whether white space in the result document is stripped or preserved.
  • Including one style sheet inside another.
  • Importing one style sheet into another.
  • Overriding imported template rules in the main style sheet.

Programming with XSLT (11 topics)

  • Named Templates
  • Variables and Parameters
  • Performing Repetition and Conditional Processing
  • Using XSLT Extension Elements and Functions
  • Lab: Programming with XSLT <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to write code to perform tasks in XSLT. This includes: </ul>
  • Defining and calling named templates.
  • Using named templates to organize a style sheet effectively.
  • Defining variables to represent complex expressions.
  • Defining parameters for a template rule or a style sheet.
  • Performing repetition and conditional logic within a template.
  • Using extension elements and extension functions.

Defining XML Grammar and Data Types (10 topics)

  • Defining and Using XML Schemas
  • Defining Elements in an XML Schema
  • Defining Attributes in an XML Schema
  • Defining Data Types in an XML Schema
  • XML Schemas and ADO
  • Lab: Defining XML Grammar and Data Types <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to create and use an XML Schema. This includes: </ul>
  • Creating an XML Schema definition.
  • Applying an XML Schema to an XML document.
  • Using an XML Schema to define the grammar of an XML document.
  • Using an XML Schema to describe the content data types in an XML document.

Creating and Changing XML Structure with XSLT (5 topics)

  • Creating New Structure Using XSLT <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to create a new XML structure by using XSLT. This includes: </ul>
  • Creating new elements in a result document.
  • Defining attributes and namespaces for new elements.
  • Inserting numbered text into a result document.
  • Adding processing instructions and comments to a result document as necessary.

Cross-Referencing Documents Using XSLT (8 topics)

  • Accessing Multiple XML Documents in a Style Sheet
  • Introducing Cross-References
  • Generating Cross-References in Result Documents
  • Lab: Cross-Referencing Documents Using XSLT <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to cross-reference documents by using XSLT. This includes: </ul>
  • Writing XSLT style sheets that access and transform multiple XML documents.
  • Defining keys to identify nodes in an XML document.
  • Using keys to access nodes in the same XML document or a different XML document.
  • Generating cross-references in the result document of an XSLT transformation.

Manipulating XML Documents Using SAX (6 topics)

  • Overview of SAX
  • Using SAX Interfaces
  • Lab: Manipulating XML Documents Using Sax <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to use the SAX interfaces to manipulate XML documents. This includes: </ul>
  • Identifying situations where it is more useful to manipulate XML documents by using SAX than by using the DOM.
  • Choosing the correct SAX COM interface and methods to handle typical programming tasks associated with manipulating an XML document.
  • Creating an application with Visual Basic that uses SAX to manipulate an XML document.

Putting It All Together (12 topics)

  • Scope and Purpose of the Northwind Traders Web Site
  • Lab: Northwind Traders Web Site <ul> After completing this module, you will be able to use all of the skills you learned in this course to transform and manage data by using XSLT. This includes: </ul>
  • Making appropriate use of XSLT and XML technical features.
  • Creating XML documents from a database by using Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) in an ASP page.
  • Writing style sheets to transform XML into HTML or another XML grammar.
  • Applying a style sheet dynamically at the Web browser or the Web server.
  • Embedding XML documents and XSLT style sheets as data islands in HTML.
  • Using the DOM to modify an XSLT style sheet dynamically.
  • Using the DOM to create new XML content dynamically.
  • Integrating ASP pages and XSLT style sheets with COM.
  • Posting XML data from a Web browser to a Web server.
  • Designing and using XML Schemas to validate XML structure and content.


  • A moderate degree of Web development experience using HTML and XML.
  • A moderate degree of experience scripting with Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript, or JavaScript.
  • Some prior experience using COM objects, Active Server Pages (ASP pages), and either Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual C++®.
  • Taking one or more of the following courses will help the students meet the prerequisites and get more out of the course: Course 1905, Building XML-Based Web Applications Course 1013, Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 6 Development Course 1017, Mastering Web Application Development Using Microsoft Visual InterDev 6