Advanced XML and XSLT

Next-Level XML Skills: Explore XML Schemas, XSLT Constructs, Web Services, Defending XML & More

TT4320

Intermediate and Beyond

2 Days

Course Overview

Advanced XML / XSLT is a two-day hands-on course that provides indoctrination in the practical use of W3C standards (including XSL and XML Schema) and of implementing tools and technologies. This course is programming language independent, making it useful for Java, .NET, C++, and any other programming orientation. Graduates will hit the ground running, applying XML to projects at both an architectural as well as a line by line coding level.  We can easily adapt this course to industry and client specific needs. 

Course Objectives

Throughout the course students will be led through a series of progressively advanced topics, where each topic consists of lecture, group discussion, comprehensive hands-on lab exercises, and lab review. This class is “technology-centric”, designed to train attendees in essential XML development skills coupling the most current, effective techniques with the soundest coding practices. 

Working in a hands-on learning environment student will learn to:

  • Design and implement changes to XML Schemas
  • Apply advanced XSLT constructs such as calling named templates with parameters
  • Use XSLT constructs such as messages, keys, and copy
  • Generate linked, dynamic table of contents using XSLT
  • Use XML Digital Signature and XML Encryption
  • Defend XML-based services and functions from malicious attacks

Course Prerequisites

This is an intermediate and beyond level XML training course, designed for those needing in-depth knowledge and a working knowledge of XML, XML Schema, XSLT, and XML-related security. Attendees should have a working knowledge of XML prior to attending.

Please see the Related Courses tab for specific Pre-Requisite courses, Related Courses or Follow On training options. Our team will be happy to help you with recommendations for next steps in your Learning Journey.

Course Agenda

Please note that this list of topics is based on our standard course offering, evolved from typical industry uses and trends. We will work with you to tune this course and level of coverage to target the skills you need most.

Session: XML Structure

Lesson: XML Schema Review

  • XML Namespaces
  • W3C XML Schemas
  • Elements, Attributes, and Types
  • Restricting Simple Types: Facets

Lesson: Advanced XML Schema

  • Complex Types Can be Derived
  • Derivation by Extension
  • Elements vs. Attributes: When to use them?
  • Using XML Schema with Namespaces
  • Managing Large Schemas

Lesson: Processing XML

  • Parsers and API’s
  • Deciding When to Use SAX
  • Deciding When to Use DOM
  • Parsing With a DTD or Schema

Session: XML Formatting

Lesson: XPath and XSLT Review

  • XPath Data Model
  • XPath Operators and Functions
  • Conflict Resolution for Templates
  • Calling Templates
  • Looping, Sorting and Conditional Processing Constructs

Lesson: Advanced XSL Topics

  • ID Attributes Uniquely Identify Elements
  • generate-id() is Used to Create Unique Strings
  • <xsl:key> and key() Work to Select Groups
  • xsl:copy and xsl:copy-of
  • Managing Whitespace
  • XInclude
  • <xsl:message> Signals Conditions
  • Extending XSLT Using Java

Lesson: XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0 Overview

  • XPath 2.0 Improvements
  • XPath 2.0 and XQuery 1.0
  • XSLT 2.0 Improvements

Lesson: XSL FO (Formatting Objects)

  • XSL Family Working Together
  • Apache’s FOP: Rendering XML
  • Page Types Can Be Conditional
  • Content Flows Into Page Regions

Session: Advanced XML Topics

Lesson: XML Interoperability

  • XML From a Data Perspective
  • XML/Database Interfacing
  • Challenges to Mapping XML

Lesson: Web Services Overview

  • XML in Web Services
  • WSDL: Description
  • Many Web Services Challenges

Lesson: Defending XML

  • XML Signature
  • XML Encryption
  • XML Attacks: Structure
  • XML Attacks: Injection
  • Safe XML Processing

Lesson: Defending Web Services

  • Web Service Security Exposures
  • When Transport-Level Alone is NOT Enough
  • Message-Level Security
  • WS-Security Roadmap
  • XWSS Provides Many Functions
  • Web Service Attacks
  • Web Service Appliance/Gateways

Lesson: Defending Rich Interfaces and REST

  • How Attackers See Rich Interfaces
  • Attack Surface Changes When Moving to Rich Interfaces
  • Bridging and its Potential Problems
  • Three Basic Tenets for Safe Rich Interfaces
  • OWASP REST Security Recommendations

Course Materials

Course Materials: Each participant will receive a Student Guide with course notes, code samples, software tutorials, step-by-step written lab instructions, diagrams and related reference materials and resource links. Students will also receive the project files (or code, if applicable) and solutions required for the hands-on work.

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