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Curriculum 2010

Sunday 5th XML Primer
This short, Sunday afternoon class provides a brief introduction to XML for newcomers. It takes a whistle-stop tour of the topics covered in practical detail over the three days of the Hands-on Introduction course.
Monday 6th Hands-on Introduction to XML

The Hands-on Introduction to XML is designed to introduce you to the many and varied aspects of XML design, processing, and delivery through practical, hands-on classes where you will create your own XML documents. All the material is available for you to take away and try out in your own time.
You will learn how to create data structures using an XML editor, create an XML schema model and parse/validate the document structure. You will also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the latest XML tools and technologies in the marketplace, so that you can develop and implement your own XML solutions.
Semantic Technologies
By connecting more flexible, standardized ways to model and share data with best practices for identifying the meaning (or, at the very least, the source) of descriptive terms, Semantic Web technologies open up new possibilities for developing applications that work across the web or behind your firewall.
This course will include the building blocks of the Semantic Web such as the RDF data model; RDFa, which lets you embed machine-readable facts (‘triples’) into web pages; the SPARQL query language; and the Web Ontology Language (OWL) for defining vocabularies and term relationships.
Tuesday 7th
Wednesday 8th Trends and Transients
Each year there are more new technologies to track, more ways to organize your life and your company’s information, and more ways to communicate. Here we introduce new technologies, discuss older, under-appreciated ones, and entertain you at the same time. Expert speakers debate current issues, giving you the benefit of their experience and points of view, so you can decide yourself which technologies meet your needs and which are a waste of your time.
Thursday 9th XSLT and XQuery
These classes and workshop show what you need to put XSLT and XQuery to work, matching business requirements with storage and retrieval architectures. They let you to take XSLT developments to the next level, looking at efficient practices and how to take best advantage of related technologies that fit into the application architecture of larger systems.
The two-part workshop with leading experts concentrates on best practices for building stylesheets for speed, maintainability, grace, and flexibility. Bring your own ideas and questions to get the best out of XSLT development.
Web Services and Identity
Web services are about enterprise-level distributed computing in the 21st century. Web services use XML and the Web as enabling technologies to make application interactions more flexible in response to changing needs. Digital identity is a key ingredient for customizing the operation of web services, as well as authenticating and authorizing users.
The course uses a real-world focus to discuss features and benefits of web services and digital identity; to review relevant concepts, technologies, and standards; and to examine security and privacy challenges.
Friday 10th