Oracle XML Programming

Course code: X403

5 days

This course introduces XML concepts and how they can be applied in the enterprise. A good foundation is provided for an understanding of how XML in its many forms has permeated the enterprise.

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Course Contents

This course introduces XML concepts and how they can be applied in the enterprise. A good foundation is provided for an understanding of how XML in its many forms has permeated the enterprise. XML is examined as a format for data management, exchange, handling, transformation, storing and querying structured data. This hands-on XML class is a thorough introduction to using XML in a variety of practical applications using Java, .NET and JavaScript. Several of the more popular open source tools are also reviewed, with an emphasis on the Apache XML Project.

Training Course Contents

XML Fundamentals

  • Representing structured data
  • XML specification
  • XML Benefits
  • XML Applications
  • XML Use Cases
  • XML Application Dialects
  • XML Browser Support
  • Essential XML Syntax
  • XML Document Validation
  • XML Namespaces

XML Modelling Application Data

  • XML Modelling the real world
  • XML & OO analysis and Design
  • XML and Data Modelling
  • Modelling data with Elements
  • and attributes
  • Modelling Relationships
  • Modelling Activities


  • Defining Application Dialects
  • Validation with a DTD
  • Validation with an XML Schema
  • Modelling Data Schemas
  • Refactoring for Reuse

Designing DTDs

  • DTD Markup Concepts
  • Benefits and Limitations
  • Defining Content Models
  • Elements and AttLists
  • References
  • Using Namespaces
  • Conditional Sections

Designing XML Schemas

  • XML Schema Concepts
  • W3C XML Schemas
  • Overcoming DTD limitations
  • Essential Structural Elements
  • Built-in Data Types
  • Simple and Complex Types
  • Anonymous, local, global types
  • Factoring for Reuse
  • Combining schemas
  • Handling target documents
  • Validating Parsers
  • Enabling validation in
  • ECMAScript, Java .NET

Further XML Schemas

  • Deriving types
  • Using Facets
  • Validating with patterns
  • Further validation features
  • Visibility and Importing

Processing XML with DOM

  • W3C DOM
  • Specialized interfaces and text
  • interfaces
  • Navigation
  • DOM Parsers
  • Using JavaScript
  • Using JAXP
  • Reading XML into a DOM docÂ’t
  • Writing XML from a DOM docÂ’t
  • Modifying Data in a docÂ’t
  • Adding Data to a docÂ’t
  • Deleting Data from a docÂ’t
  • Using HTML DOM Extensions

Processing XML with SAX

  • SAX Purpose
  • SAX vs. DOM
  • SAX Architecture
  • Event-driven parsing
  • Building a SAX Handler
  • Loading and Processing an
  • XML file
  • Using SAX in Java and .NET

XSL and XPath

  • XSL Explained
  • Why XSL Transformation
  • Rendering HTML using XSLT
  • and CSS
  • Applying Transformations
  • Server-side vs. Client-side
  • transformations
  • XPath Expressions

Define XSL Transformations

  • Defining an XSL Stylesheet
  • Stylesheet Elements
  • Built-in Templates
  • Applying Templates
  • Processing XML with XSL


  • Pipeline Concepts
  • Atomic Steps
  • Compound Steps
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Connections and Environment
  • XPaths in XProc
  • Syntax Overview

Styling XML with CSS

  • CSS explained
  • Styling XML with CSS
  • Using Processing Instructions
  • CSS essential syntax
  • CSS Generated content

Formatting XML with XSL-FO

  • XSL Formatting Objects
  • Designing XSL-FO Stylesheets
  • Producing PDF and Text files

XML Databases

  • Mapping XML to Database DDL
  • Building XML from query results
  • Storing XML in databases
  • Module design with named
  • templates
  • Combining stylesheets


  • Web Services Architecture
  • Web Service Use Cases
  • Protocols
  • Message Payloads
  • SOAP
  • WSDL
  • Deploying Web Services
  • Using Web Services
  • Java EE Web Services
  • .NET Web Services
  • Discovery Services
  • RESTful Web Services
  • XQuery

Rich Web Interfaces with AJAX

  • AJAX Explained
  • AJAX Use Cases
  • Interactive Web Applications
  • Using XMLHttpRequest
  • Processing asynchronous
  • responses
  • Updating the current page
  • AJAX and JSON
  • Supporting bookmarks and
  • History lists
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