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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, practical and comprehensive review, 2 Nov 2001
This review is from: Professional XML Schemas (Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)
The W3C XML Schema standard is not easily digestible. This book does a good job of disecting the often obtuse and overly formal presentation of the official specifications.
Having been brought up with paradigms that model business processes as abstract data types, I prefer to think of the language as being of this ilk. The book really comes into its own in the 2nd half where it considers when XML schema may be useful in developing real world systems . Its expose of the process of employing modern OOA&D techniques and in particular the UML to produce a system model manifested in XML schema is excellent.
The book then continues to gather strength. It describes how to model database schema using XML Schema, an activity likely to be increasingly common. It has a chapter on using XML schema to model documents as opposed to data structures, something very close to my heart and in parallel with work I have been doing since 1998.
It then, in a grown up way, looks at other schema technologies that may compete as well as complement the XML Schema technology. Centre stage are Schematron and hats off to the authors for being bang up to date, I only recognised RELAX out of the 3 other schema technologies, what ever happened to XDR, SOX and DCD!!!
The final two chapters yield yet more valuable content. We are given an eCommerce case study, again something close to my heart and a chance yet again to see the all pervasive SOAP in action. Finally we are introduced to SBP, yet another acronym which stands proud for Schema Based Programming.
A good practical part reference book well deserved of its 5 stars.
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