Mastering Altova MissionKit

XML-200 (5 Days)
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XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce Training Overview

This course teaches attendees how to do full lifecycle XML development using the key components of Altova MissionKit: XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce.

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XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce Training Objectives

  • To master using XMLSpy to create, validate, and deploy XML, XSLT, DTD, XML Schema, SOAP, and WSDL documents
  • To discover how to use StyleVision to create XSLT and XSL-FO stylesheets for generating HTML and PDF documents
  • To learn how to use MapForce to transform XML documents between types, or to perform transformations between database data and specific XML document types

XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce Training Outline

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Introducing XMLSpy
  • Review of XML technologies and how they are used in modern applications
  • Overview of how XMLSpy facilitates development of the XML-related features of these applications
  • Overview of the XMLSpy environment
  • Customizing the XMLSpy environment
Editing XML documents with XMLSpy
  • Creating an xml document
  • Adhering to syntax guidelines
  • Specifying an XML processing instruction
  • Creating elements and attributes
  • Checking a document for well-formedness
  • Specifying an applicable DTD (Document Type Definition) or schema
  • Validating a document against the DTD or schema
  • Embedding comments, entities, and character data
  • Using XMLSpy's Grid view as a more visual way to edit XML documents
Creating XML documents based on DTDs
  • Deciding on the structure of your document type or types
  • Deciding whether to specify document types via DTDs or Schemas
  • Building a DTD in XMLSpy
    • Defining elements and attributes
    • Defining entities
    • Controlling element frequency
    • Controlling acceptable attribute values
    • Controlling whether an attribute is optional or required
  • Applying the DTD
    • Specifying the DOCTYPE of an XML document
    • Creating new documents based on the DTD
    • Applying a DTD to an existing document and bringing it into conformance with the DTD
    • Validating a document against the DTD
Creating XML documents based on XML Schemas
  • Why use a schema instead of a DTD?
  • Building an XML schema visually in XMLSpy's Schema Design View
  • Creating simple types
  • Deriving simple types
  • Creating complex types
  • Controlling element and attribute data types
  • Controlling element frequency and sequence
  • Controlling value ranges for numeric element and attribute values
  • Controlling regular expression patterns for string element and attribute values
  • Applying XML schemas to existing documents
  • Building new documents based on XML schemas
Advanced XML Schemas
  • Why use namespaces in schemas?
  • Using namespaces in schemas
  • Modeling a schema
  • OO schema design
Importing data into XMLSpy
  • Importing plain text files
  • Importing data from a relational database
    • Importing data
    • Generating schemas based on relational database data
    • Generating database structures based on existing XML schemas
  • Importing data from Word documents
Projects and tools
  • Creating XMLSpy projects
  • Building an appropriate directory hierarchy for the project
  • Adding and deleting files in the projects
  • Using source control with XMLSpy
  • Spell checking
  • Customizing the editing environment
XSLT
  • Overview of XSL, XSLT, and XSL-FO
  • Transforming XML with XSLT
  • Creating, applying, and calling templates
  • Generating output in multiple document types (XML, HTML, WML, etc.)
  • Extracting single values from XML documents and outputting them
  • Iterating through multiple elements and displaying their data as lists, tables, etc.
  • XSLT conditionals with xsl:if, xsl:choose, xsl:when, and xsl:otherwise
  • Sorting output
  • Working with XSL text, variables, and data
  • Using XSLT modes
  • Using XSLT functions
Web service development with XMLSpy
  • Overview of Web services and Web service architecture
  • The roles of SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI
  • Creating SOAP documents via XMLSpy
  • Examining SOAP documents returned by Web services
  • Creating WSDL documents via XMLSpy
  • Obtaining WSDL documents from Web services
  • Building SOAP documents that conform to a Web service's requirements, as set forth in its WSDL file
Introducing StyleVision
  • The role of STLYEVISION within MissionKit
  • The uses of SPS (StyleVision Power Stylesheets)
  • The relationship between StyleVision and Authentic view
  • Databases and StyleVision
  • Key concepts and terminology
  • Features overview
Understanding Namespaces and their role in StyleVision
  • How Schemas support namespaces
  • Schemas with a single namespace
  • Schemas with multiple namespaces
Global templates
Building forms with StyleVision
  • Designing the form
  • Input fields
  • Combo boxes
  • Check boxes
  • Buttons
Displaying lists with StyleVision
Generating tables with StyleVision
  • Creating static tables
  • Creating dynamic tables
  • Formatting static and dynamic tables
  • XML tables
Auto-calculations
Conditional templates
Date picker
Input formatting
Parameters
PDF processing and page layout
  • Understanding XSL-FO syntax
  • PDF page definition
  • PDF cover page
  • PDF headers and footers
  • PDF fonts
Creating SPS stylesheets from database data using StyleVision
  • Connecting to a database and setting up the SPS
  • Creating and applying DB filters
Saving generated files from StyleVision
  • RTF
  • XSLT
  • HTML
  • XSL-FO
  • FO
  • PDF
  • DB Schema
  • DB XML Data
Understanding Authentic and Authentic view
  • The Authentic view interface
    • GUI overview
    • Using the Authentic toolbars
    • Working in the Authentic main window
    • Making use of Authentic context menus
  • Using Authentic
    • Opening an SPS stylesheet
    • Adding and editing records
    • Saving changes
    • Using the Date Picker
    • Defining entities
    • Adding images
    • Adding tables
Introducing MapForce and its applications
  • The roles of MapForce
    • Schema-to-Schema mapping
    • Database-to-Schema/XML mapping
    • XML Schema-to-Database mapping
    • Database-to-Database mapping
    • On-the-fly transformation and preview of database and UN/EDIFACT data, without code generation, or compilation
    • Definition of custom XSLT libraries
    • Advanced search and replace functions in transformation preview data
  • Key terminology
  • Functions and libraries
MapForce Basics
  • Setting up the mapping environment
  • Mapping schema items
  • Using functions to map data
  • Filtering data
  • Generating XSLT stylesheets
  • Working with multiple target schemas or documents
  • Mapping multiple source items to single target items
    • Creating the mappings
    • Duplicating input items
Using MapForce with Database Data
  • Setting up database drivers
  • Setting up code generators for generating Java, C#, or C++ code
  • Mapping XML data to databases
    • Components and table relationships
    • Database relationships and how to preserve or discard them
    • Insert, Update, and Delete actions
    • Database key settings
    • Database table actions
    • Generating output values
  • Creating and enforcing database relationships
  • Database filters and queries
  • Review of MapForce database platform support
Adding custom function libraries (time permitting)
  • Configuring the mff file
  • Defining the component user interface
  • Function implementation details
  • Writing your own libraries
Conclusion
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Lecture percentage

40%

Lecture/Demo

Lab percentage

60%

Lab

Course Number:

XML-200

Duration:

5 Days

Prerequisites:

Prior knowledge of relational databases, SQL, and HTML is strongly recommended. No prior knowledge of XML is presumed.

Training Materials:

All students receive courseware from Accelebrate.

Software Requirements:

  • A recent version of Altova MissionKit.  Since Accelebrate is an Altova Training Partner, we can provide 30-day licenses for use in class upon request.

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