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This three-day instructor-led his course teaches developers how to program with XML in the Microsoft .NET Framework in order to build Microsoft Windows or Web-based integrated applications that are easier to build, scalable, and flexible.

Course Outline

This three-day instructor-led his course teaches developers how to program with XML in the Microsoft .NET Framework in order to build Microsoft Windows or Web-based integrated applications that are easier to build, scalable, and flexible.


This course is intended for:

• Programmers who build Web-based or Windows applications that access data

• Programmers who build Web services

• Programmers who build applications that access data stored as XML

This course is not recommended for developers who:

• Want to learn a programming language, such as Microsoft Visual Basic .NET or Microsoft Visual C#

• Want an introduction to XML and related technologies

• Want advanced-level information on developing XML-based applications

• Want to learn how to program by using Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML), or how to program with XML in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

• Explain how XML is integrated into the .NET Framework and the classes associated with XML in the .NET Framework.

• Parse and read XML in the .NET Framework.

• Write and validate an XML document.

• Manipulate cached XML documents in memory.

• Query XML documents.

• Transform XML documents.

• Create new XML schemas programmatically.


Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to XML in the .NET Framework

Take a closer look: Download Sample Module 1 (Portable Document Format, 918 KB).

This module introduces the use of XML in the .NET Framework to help you solve common business problems. XML is a standards-driven technology that is ideal for applications that use the Internet. Microsoft's implementation of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards ensures that applications you develop with XML in .NET will successfully communicate with other W3C-compatible applications


• Overview

• Course at a Glance

• Common Business Problems

• XML in the .NET Framework

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Explain how XML provides solutions to common business problems.

• Discuss how Microsoft's implementation of W3C standards for XML provides a framework for XML solutions to business problems.

• Diagram XML support in the .NET Framework.

Module 2: Parsing XML

Take a closer look: Download Sample Module 2 (Portable Document Format, 990 KB).

This module discusses how to parse XML data from a file, string, or stream by using the XmlReader class. It also covers how to use the XmlTextReader to process XML as text, and how to use the XmlNodeReader to filter data by using an XPath expression and the object.


• Overview of XML Parsing

• Parsing XML Using XmlTextReader

• Creating a Custom Reader

Lab 2.1: Parsing XML

• Exercise 1: Building an XML Web Service to Parse XML

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Create a Stream object from an XML file.

• Build a mutable string by using the StringBuilder object.

• Handle errors in the form of XML.

• Parse XML as text by using the XmlTextReader object.

• Create a custom XmlReader object.

Module 3: Validating XML

This module gives an overview of XML Schema Definition (XSD) data types, and then covers how to use the Microsoft .NET Framework XML classes to perform XML schema validation. The lesson Advanced Validation teaches how to resolve external entities, how to validate XML fragments, and how to validate XML by using a Document Type Definition (DTD).


• Examining Schemas

• Validating XML While Parsing

• Advanced Validation

Lab 3.1: Validating XML

• Exercise 1: Extend an XML Web Service to Validate XML

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Instantiate an XML validating reader.

• Associate one or more XML schemas with an XML validating reader.

• Handle errors that result when a validating reader processes invalid XML.

• Create an application that uses the .NET Framework XML classes and XML schemas to validate an XML fragment.

• Resolve a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) reference to a schema or DTD.

• Create an application that uses the .NET Framework XML classes and an XSD schema or a DTD to validate well-formed XML.

Module 4: Writing XML

Writing XML is a central skill in developing XML-based applications. This module describes the .NET Framework classes that are used to write XML with or without namespaces. The module also explains how to control the format and validity of XML as it is being written.


• Overview of Generating XML Documents

• Writing XML

• Generating XML with Namespaces

• Controlling XML Format and Converting XML

Lab 4.1: Writing XML

• Exercise 1: Building an XML Web Service to Write XML

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Use the XmlTextWriter class to write well-formed XML.

• Generate namespaces for elements and attributes.

• Control indentation and other code format characteristics when generating XML.

• Write XML that preserves characters that are normally represented by using escape characters.

Module 5: Querying XML

This module explains the process of querying an XML document by using XPath. It explains how to write code to load an XML document, and how to create a navigation cursor by using an XPathNavigator object. It also explains how to create your query by using an XPathDocument object, and how to examine the result types. In addition, this module describes how to compile your query and evaluate your results.


• Introduction to Querying XML Using XPath

• Creating and Navigating a Document Cache

• Executing Your Query

Lab 5.1: Querying XML Documents Using XPath

• Exercise 1: Creating and Loading an XML Data Cache

• Exercise 2: Compiling and Executing Queries That Return Nodes

• Exercise 3: Compiling and Executing Queries That Return Numbers

• Exercise 4: Compiling and Executing Queries That Return Strings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Describe the business reasons for querying XML documents by using XPath.

• Cache XML data for querying by using an XPathDocument object.

• Create an XPathNavigator object to navigate through an XML document.

• Compile and evaluate the result of an XPathExpression object.

• Iterate through an XmlNodeList object returned by an XPath expression.

Module 6: Manipulating Cached XML

This module introduces the XML Document Object Model (XML DOM) and explains how to locate and manipulate XML by using the DOM.


• Introduction to the XML Document Object Model

• Navigating XML Using the DOM

• Creating New Nodes

• Modifying and Deleting Nodes

Lab 6.1: Manipulating Cached XMLDocument Objects

• Exercise 1: Loading an XML Document

• Exercise 2: Navigating an XML Document

• Exercise 3: Adding Elements and Comments to an XML Document

• Exercise 4: Modifying and Deleting Information

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Open and save XML by using the DOM.

• Locate XML by using the DOM.

• Create nodes in the XML node tree.

• Modify and delete nodes in the XML node tree.

Module 7: Transforming XML

This module explains the process of transforming XML documents. The module teaches the student how to apply an XSLT transformation to an XML document by using the .NET XML classes. It does not teach XSLT syntax or commands.


• Introduction to Transforming XML

• Programmng the XslTransform Class

• Extending XSLT Style Sheets

Lab 7.1: Transforming XML Documents

• Exercise 1: Applying a Style Sheet

• Exercise 2: Using Style Sheet Parameters

• Exercise 3: Extending a Style Sheet with an Extension Object

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• List the business use cases for using XSLT.

• Describe the transformation process.

• Apply style sheets to XML documents by using the XslTransform class.

• Display XML by using the ASP.NET Xml Web Forms control.

• Pass parameters to XSLT style sheets.

• Apply a style sheet that references an extension object.

Module 8: Serializing Objects as XML

This module provides students with the skills needed to create XML documents from the data contained within programmatic objects. This process is referred to as serialization and can be used to persist object data or to share object data between applications.


• Introduction to XML Serialization

• Serializing Objects Using XmlSerializer

• Controlling XML Serialization


Lab 8.1: Serializing Objects as XML

• Exercise 1: Serializing a Purchase Order

• Exercise 2: Controlling Serialization with Attributes

• Exercise 3: Deserializing an Invoice

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Define XML serialization.

• Serialize and deserialize objects by using the XmlSerializer class.

• Control XML serialization by using attributes.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must have: • Experience with programming languages such as Visual Basic .NET or Microsoft Visual C#. • Experience using the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET developer environment. • Experience building applications using the Extensible Stylesheet Language for Transformation (XSLT), XML Path Language (XPath), and XML schemas.

Certificates offered

MS Certification

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
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I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
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I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
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over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
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Very positive experience.
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