XML Programming Using C# and .NET (VS 2010)

Course Description

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, transformations using XPath and XSLT, and the new LINQ to XML, all using the .NET Framework XML classes and the C# language. It also covers XML serialization according to XML Schema and the tight coupling between XML and ADO.NET. The course is intended for students with a working knowledge of XML who want to build XML applications or components using .NET and the C# language. Everything in the course adheres to W3C and .NET standards for highly portable code. Visual Studio 2010 with .NET 4.0 is used as the development environment.
The course includes extensive programming examples, a progressively developed case study, and several tools for manipulating XML documents. All source code is in C# and is provided with the course. A separate Lab Manual provides detailed instructions for laboratory exercises with console and Windows Forms client programs. A parallel course, XML for Web Applications Using C#, has lab exercises with console and Web Forms client programs.
Upon completion of this course the student will be equipped to program XML applications in .NET and understand which XML and .NET technologies to apply for the problem domain.
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Ability to read and to write well-formed XML. A working knowledge of programming the .NET Framework using C#. A working knowledge of ADO.NET is recommended for the portion of the course dealing with ADO.NET and XML.


· 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 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
· Use Language Integrated Query (LINQ) to manipulate XML documents

.NET Framework XML Overview

XML in the .NET Framework
.NET XML Namespaces and Classes
.NET XmlReader and XmlWriter
.NET DOM Parser
XML Serialization
XPath and XSLT
Language Integrated Query and XML
XML and the Web

Reading XML Streams in .NET

XML Document Streams
The XmlReader Class
Accessing Node Properties with the .NET XML Classes
Accessing Attribute Values
Traversing the XML Document
Catching XmlExceptions

Validating XML Streams

Specifying Valid Documents with XML Schema and DTD
Using Visual Studio 2010 to Create Schemas
Validating XML with XmlReader
.NET Schema Object Model

Writing XML Streams in .NET

The XmlWriter Class
WriteXXX Methods
XmlWriter States
Writing Elements
Writing Attributes
Writing Namespaces

The Document Object Model in .NET

Origins of the DOM
DOM Levels
DOM2 Structure
The XmlDocument Class
DOM Tree Model
DOM Interfaces
XmlDocument, XmlNode and XmlNodeList Classes
XmlElement and XmlText Classes
Finding Elements by Name
Walking the Child List
The XmlAttribute Class

Manipulating XML Information with the DOM

Creating and Modifying Documents
Modifying Elements
Error Handling
Managing Children
Splitting Text and Normalizing
Modifying Attributes

XML Serialization

What Is Not Serialized
Writing and Reading XML
Customizing XML Serialization
XML Schema and XSD
Creating Classes from Schemas


Strong Coupling Between ADO.NET and XML
Rendering XML from a DataSet
Controlling XML Output
Reading XML into a DataSet
XML Schema and DataSets
Typed DataSets
Synchronizing DataSets and XML


Addressing XML Content
XPath in XSLT
Tree Structure
XPath Expressions
Axis, Node Test, and Predicate
XPath Functions
XPath and .NET
Editing with XPathNavigator

Introduction to XSLT

Rule-Based Transformations
Producing Text, HTML, and XML


Language Integrated Query
Manipulating XML Documents in Memory with LINQ
LINQ Queries
Filtering, Ordering and Aggregation
Inserts, Deletes and Updates
LINQ Transformations

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