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XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce Training: Mastering Altova MissionKit

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Course Number: XML-200
Duration: 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.

Location and Pricing

Most Accelebrate courses are delivered as private, customized, on-site training at our clients' locations worldwide for groups of 3 or more attendees and are custom tailored to their specific needs. Please visit our client list to see organizations for whom we have delivered private in-house training. These courses can also be delivered as live, private online classes for groups that are geographically dispersed or wish to save on the instructor's or students' travel expenses. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private training at your site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce Training Prerequisites

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

Hands-on/Lecture Ratio

This Altova MissionKit training class is 60% hands-on, 40% lecture, with the longest lecture segments lasting for 15 minutes. Students "learn by doing," with immediate opportunities to apply the material they learn to real-world problems.

XMLSpy, StyleVision, and MapForce Training Materials

All students receive courseware from Accelebrate.

Software Needed on Each Student PC

  • 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.

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

  • 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
        • Internal DTDs
        • External DTDs
      • 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