XML Programming Using Visual Basic and .NET

This comprehensive and practical four-day course builds skills in .NET's XML processing APIs-chiefly parsing using XmlReader and the Document Object Model (DOM), writing XML streams using XmlWriter, and transformations using XPath and XSLT, all using the .NET Framework XML classes and the Visual Basic language. It also covers XML serialization according to XML Schema and the tight coupling between XML and ADO.NET. Everything in the course adheres to W3C and .NET standards for highly portable code. The course includes a practical discussion of performance tradeoffs using various XML technology alternatives. New features in System.Xml in .NET 2.0 are discussed in the context of where the topics are covered. Visual Studio 2005 is used as the development environment.
Students should have the ability to read and to write well-formed XML. A working knowledge of programming the .NET Framework using Visual Basic and working knowledge of ADO.NET is recommended for the portion of the course dealing with ADO.NET and XML.
4 Days/Lecture & Lab
This course is intended for students with a working knowledge of XML who want to build XML applications or components using .NET and the Visual Basic language.
  • Understand the purpose of the .NET Framework XML classes
  • Parse XML data streams using XmlReader classes
  • Validate XML data streams that are described by a DTD or an XML Schema
  • Use the XmlWriter class to create XML data streams
  • Modify, create and delete information in an XML document using the Document Object Model (DOM) .NET classes.
  • Use XML Schema to express precise type information for an XML document and Visual Studio 2005 to create schemas
  • Use XML Serialization to persist XML data
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the use of ADO.NET with XML
  • Use XPath to query for content in an XML document
  • Use the XPathNavigator class to parse and edit XML documents
  • Use XSLT to transform XML documents into text, HTML or other XML
  • Evaluate performance tradeoffs in alternative XML technologies
  • .NET Framework XML Overview
  • Reading XML Streams in .NET
  • Validating XML Streams
  • Writing XML Streams in .NET
  • The Document Object Model in .NET
  • Manipulating XML Information with the DOM
  • Using XML Schema
  • XML Serialization
  • XML and ADO.NET
  • Xpath
  • Introduction to XSLT
  • XML Performance Tradeoffs

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