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COMP 2899 - XML for Developers

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This hands-on course will introduce students to Extensible Markup Language (XML) and how to incorporate XML into web-based applications. XML is a standard for structuring, and storing web information. Topics include XML syntax, DTD and XML Schema validation, namespaces, XSLT, XPath, and web technologies such as RSS, Atom and XML-RPC. Labs cover various parser technologies, declarative XML UI languages, data-modelling with XML, and using XML in AJAX-enabled web applications. Successful completion of course includes how to develop XML formats and be able to apply XML technologies to various web based applications.


COMP 1950 or equivalent HTML experience.



This course was retired after the Winter 2014 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Validate XML using DTD and XML Schema.
  • Understand XML syntax rules.
  • Demonstrate how to model objects and relational data models using XML.
  • Contrast the differences between the various facets of XML parsers (push vs. pull, tree based vs. event driven).
  • Understand how namespaces are used in XML.
  • Construct XML Schemas to model data.
  • Construct XSLT style sheets for processing HTML.
  • Construct XPath expressions for use within XSLT style sheet templates.
  • Use a declarative XML UI language to construct a web UI.
  • Utilize JavaScript to manipulate Atom and RSS within a web page.
  • Understand XML’s role in current web technology.
  • Demonstrate how XML-RPC is used within AJAX-enabled web pages.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2011

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