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XSLT - XSL Transformations
with Jan Fransen




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This course teaches you how to use XSLT to process your XML data into another markup format like HTML or WAP. You'll learn about the origins and current state of XSLT, and how to create simple "fill-in-the-blank" stylesheets. You'll learn how to use XPath to navigate to any node in an XML tree, how to use rule-based stylesheets to create powerful and flexible stylesheet applications, and how to apply your current programming knowledge to this new language and environment.

Course includes 6+ hours of total training time...

  • 2 modules of training
  • Over 2 hours of media run time
  • Over 300 pages of courseware on CD-ROM
  • Step-by-step hands-on-labs
  • Sample code
Format Sessions Retail Price
XSLT
CD-ROM

 2 CD-ROMs

$195.00  
CD-ROM & Books

 2 CD-ROMs + Printed Books

$215.00  
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XSLT: XSL Transformations

Sessions Run Time Pages
2 CDs 2 hours 300

Transforming XML with XSLT teaches you how to use the XSLT language to process your XML data into another markup format like HTML or WAP. You'll learn about the origins and current state of XSLT, and how to create simple "blueprint" stylesheets. You’ll find out about XPath, another XML technology, and learn how to use it to navigate to any node in an XML tree. You’ll discover how to use rule-based stylesheets to create powerful and flexible stylesheet applications. You'll also learn how XSLT differs from procedural programming languages, and how to apply the programming knowledge you already have to this new language and environment.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Create both simple "blueprint" stylesheets to provide quick transformations of your XML data and complex XSLT-based applications that use multiple XML data sources and multiple stylesheets.
  • Use XPath to navigate an XML tree and get values from text nodes and attributes.
  • Determine the best place and time to process a given transformation: Programmer’s workstation at design time, or upon request using the client’s browser or the web server.
  • Create rule-based stylesheets that are easy to maintain and extend.
  • Design named templates that act as subroutines in an XSLT stylesheet.
  • Use XSLT to calculate results and do totaling based on XML data.
  • Decide if and when to use processor-specific extensions in your XSLT applications.
Prerequisites:

This course is aimed at the individual who already has a good understanding of XML, as well as some programming experience in any programming language. You should be familiar with elements, attributes, and the "tree" structure of an XML document. No specific programming language is required, but you should understand the purpose of control structures (such as the If...Then statement), looping structures, and variables. Most of the examples transform XML into HTML, so you should have a basic understanding of HTML tags.

SESSION 1 (90 min)

Introducing XSLT

  • What is XSLT?
  • Are You Sure This is a Language?
  • Transformation Types
  • Processing XSL

Simplified Stylesheets

  • The Essential Stylesheet
  • Using an XSL Blueprint to Create HTML
  • What Can’t a Simplified Stylesheet Do?

Using XPath to Get Around

  • What Is XPath?
  • Figuring Out Location Steps
  • Introducing XPath Functions

Adding Template Rules

  • What Are Templates?
  • Un-Simplifying the Stylesheet
  • Using the Template Element
  • Other Top-Level Elements

Traditional Programming Concepts and XSLT

  • Programming Concepts You can Use
  • Working with Variables
  • Calling Named Templates
  • Using Functions
  • Creating Modular Stylesheet Solutions

SESSION 2 (50 min)

Creating an XML Result Tree

  • XML-Structured Variables
  • XML Node Creation Elements

Doing Calculations in XSLT

  • Programming with No Side Effects
  • Applying Recursive Programming Techniques

Common XSLT Challenges

  • Applying XSLT
  • How Do I Group Data?
  • Grouping Data: Another Solution
  • How Do I Copy HTML Tags from the Data?
  • How Do I Add or Remove Whitespace?

Using Processor-Specific Extensions

  • The Mechanics of Extensions
  • Should You Use Extensions?
  • Recovering from Missing Extensions

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Your Instructor

Jan Fransen has been working to educate people in the best ways to use Microsoft products for more than 15 years. She's written both data-based and document-based applications for large and small companies, and has helped hundreds of Office users and developers get started on the right foot through public and onsite training classes. As a writer, Jan has developed training courseware, contributed to books on Microsoft Office, written white papers for publication on MSDN, and created samples designed to help developers get up to speed quickly on new Microsoft products and features

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