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Re: [xml-dev] A path to learning the XML technologies

On Sat, 2010-05-22 at 09:32 -0400, Costello, Roger L. wrote:

> Here's a pathway I have found for learning the XML technologies:
> http://www.xfront.com/XML-courses-curriculum.gif

This is a pretty weird way of teaching, I think.

As others have mentioned, don't make people sit through
XPath 1.0, XSLT 1.0 etc.

As an example, to replace your "tallest" path, I'd probably go with

* XML (including namespaces, xml:base, xml:id and mentioning the
"infomation set" glossary)
* Intro to XPath, mention XSLT, XQuery, XLink, XPointer
* Validation - DTDs and intro to XSD, mention relaxNG and schematron at
this point...
* XSLT 2
* XQuery
* XInclude and XProc
* XQuery FUll Text
* XQuery Update
* XQuery Scripting Extensions, proprietary extensions, 3rd party
modules, etc.

You need XDM in there since XSLT 2 and friends operate not on XML but on
XDM instances, which might be (and often are) for example views of a SQL
database, or some other non-XML source.

(again, this is just a path to get to XQuery update and XQuery+XPath
Full Text)

Not sure I want to write a curriculum for you though :-)


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