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PRISCILLA WALMSLEYserves as Managing Director of Datypic, a consultancy specializing in XML architecture and design, SOA and Web services implementation, and content management.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pleasantly surprised 22 May 2013
By G. Askew - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to start by saying it's difficult to make a book about XML appealing. The author has done a fairly decent job to make the book readable and understandable. This really is far more than a reference document, and it represents a huge undertaking.

To elaborate:

First, to write this book, the author must read the specification(s) (or at least significant parts of them). That alone is more than most people can tolerate. I'm pretty sure it could give the unprepared brain damage. If you don't believe me, try reading the W3C XML Schema specification yourself.

Second, the book has the perspective of being a second edition based on the more 1.1 specification. Where possible, there are comparisons to notable changes from the first edition. This is actually helpful both in practice and for fundamental understanding.

Third, there are occasional recommendations for usage and practice, again quite useful.

I haven't seen a better all-around definitive guide.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Even better than the first edition 24 May 2013
By dkurtz - Published on
Format: Paperback
XML Schema is complicated and I relied on the first edition of this book to learn it. It was very easy and approachable way to learn to write schemas. I wasn't sure if I needed the new edition, since I am not using XML Schema 1.1 right away, but I found a lot of new useful information even for 1.0. There is a chapter that compares OO and relational database models to XML that was really useful to me not just from an XML Schema perspective but really just how to apply XML in general in my environment (WS-*/Web Services/Java/XML). The differenes between 1.0 and 1.1 are obvious so I can take them or leave them. Overall, a great effort.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My XML Schema Book 25 July 2014
By Jason Enochs - Published on
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I’m a Software Developer and I’ve written many XSD files but it’s not a task I enjoy. I recently had to write another XSD file using nothing but source code written in a language I had never seen. When I was done, I was proud of my 1000+ line XSD file. Afterward, I questioned whether or not the XSD file was up to standard. We have the first edition of this book at work so I ordered this 2nd version. I’m the cover-to-cover type and as I progressed through the book’s exercises, I kept looking back at (and improving) my last XSD file.

This book has shown me that I could be getting so much more information into and out of applications. Here are the main reasons that I gave the book 5 stars:

1. Font: Basic stuff like this can kill a book. This book’s font is large and clear enough to read comfortably.

2. Structure: The book is laid out in a logical fashion that makes it easy for someone to read cover-to-cover instead of simply using it as a reference book.

3. Authoritative: The author has established a reputation as an XML schema expert and her books have been among the top rated for many years. If you’re a computer / IT professional of any kind, don’t make the common mistake of buying an introductory book to learn from and simply leave a book like this on the shelf as your “Definitive Reference”. This is the only book you require so save your money. Don’t be intimidated by a 700+ page book on the exciting world of XML schema (lol). It’s an easier read than you think, trust me. On the other hand, beginners rarely profit from my advice.

4. Accurate: Typos are an endanger species.

5. Emphasis on Design: This is where I had been cutting corners. Throughout the book there are sections titled ‘Design Hints’ that point out key design considerations. Furthermore, she dedicated chapters 21, 22, and 23 to design topics. Anyone can knock out a simple XSD file but to get the most functionality out of it, you need to design it properly. Introductory books like ‘XML Visual Quick Start Guide’ by Goldberg won’t give you that level of insight.

That’s about as good as a book on XML schema is going to get.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent XML Schema Reference 5 Oct. 2014
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I could not have implemented my contribution to the Apache XML Schema project without this book. My contribution walks an XML document and determines how its structure maps to its corresponding XML Schema. This book was very helpful as reference to understand XML Schema document structures and how they apply to tags in an XML document. It was very helpful to help me understand how global vs. local elements and attributes are merged together, how complex & simple types can be extended and restricted, and how namespaces in wildcard elements and attributes work. It is one of the better references I've read in years!
Good books to understand and build schemas 10 Mar. 2015
By Rakesh - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book on Safari, and for me it is the best book if someone is interested in making its own schemas/datamodels.
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