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...
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
Use XPath to navigate an XML tree and get values from text nodes
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
Design named templates that act as subroutines in an XSLT
Use XSLT to calculate results and do totaling based on XML data.
Decide if and when to use processor-specific extensions in your
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.
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