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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596002521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002527
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you've ever wondered how complex types are defined or how you can use regular expressions inside Schema, this is the book for you. -- PC Plus, Dec, 2002

Serious Schema sculptors will have this book to hand; I know that I shall be using it a lot, assuming that it does not vanish from my office. -- Lindsay Marshall, news@UK, Jan 2003

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The W3C's XML Schema offers a powerful set of tools for defining acceptable XML document structures and content. While schemas are powerful, that power comes with substantial complexity. This book explains XML Schema foundations, a variety of different styles for writing schemas, simple and complex types, datatypes and facets, keys, extensibility, documentation, design choices, best practices, and limitations. Complete with references, a glossary, and examples throughout.

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This is by far the best book about W3C schemas I have found.
Let's face it - the original W3C schema standards are very tough reading - and although a lot of internet pages and forums are dedicated to discussing and explaining the standard and the way to use it, it is still very hard to get a good overview over the many aspects involved.
This is where this book comes into the picture. It goes through the matters methodically and very thoroughly. After having read the book, I find that I have very few outstanding questions about the subject.
The book is probably not relevant if you just want to be able to understand instances of schemas, but if you are going to create schemas - or create programs for schemageneration - you will find this a very good investment.
The book contains a very good reference section, where all the different schema elements are listed with the rules for their content and place in the document sturcture. This is a very good thing to have when creating more complex schemas.
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This book isn't really for a novice wanting to know about XML. It assumes you already have a passing aquaintance with XML and what it is. The book is a technical reference ideally suited to someone who wishes to apply W3C XML schemas or someone who is trying to understand the structure of a document produced to the W3C XML schema standard.
Like all O'Reilly books the standard of writing is very high and the contents are well laid out.
An excellent reference. Probably the only book you will need if you want to create or understand W3C XML.
Only four star as it quickly throws you into the thick of it. A more indepth introduction for those wanting a better background to the topic would have been a welcome addition.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948e5ca8) out of 5 stars An Editing Nightmare 11 Nov. 2003
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This book had potential to be a definitive guide to XML schema. This is not the kind of book you can pick up and read cover to cover (unless insomnia is a real condition for you, in which case this book may help). It is, by no means, a tutorial of XML schema - or even a reference. It's more of an exploratory academic walk of the W3C recommendation and all of its foibles and nuances. There is wealth of information in this book, if you can glean it out from inbetween the droning prose and historical diatribe.
O'Reilly should be shamefully embarassed for ever letting this book go to print in the condition it is. It is replete with errata, typos, and slopped together examples. This book is destined to frustrate those new to XML schema. An uncharacteristicly poor level of quality for O'Reilly.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9264a12c) out of 5 stars Excellent for experienced developers 29 July 2002
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having recently read "Definitive XML Schema" by Priscilla Walmsley I thought I'd learned all I needed to know about XML Schema. That book is more tutorial in tone and content, while this one quickly dispenses with the background material and gets into the technical details. In fact, by chapter 2 you're already developing a schema and the subsequent chapters drill deeper into the mechanics of XML Schema.
I like the way each facet, factor and detail of XML schema is covered, including clear descriptions of data types, a direct linkage to XML-based databases, and all of the building blocks along the way. More importantly, the author provides multiple approaches to developing schemas, and sufficiently covers the syntactical requirements and specifications to allow you to become proficient in creating them for real applications.
The book is fast-paced and you will need to be familiar with XML and its related vocabularies in order to follow this book. If you need a more introductory, tutorial-based book get "Definitive XML Schema" by Priscilla Walmsley. However, if you understand the fundamentals of relational databases, are currently developing DTDs and understand XML, this book is better suited to your experience level and is the one I recommend.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9264a150) out of 5 stars Beginners should definitely look elesewhere 14 Aug. 2003
By Foti Massimo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let's face it; the XML Schema recommendations are complex, academic and often arcane. The book attempt to provide a quite in depth coverage within a limited amount of pages, the result is a solid amount of info, but definitely a dry reading, not practical oriented, almost academic. The author assume a good understanding of XML and its related technologies, it's a useful, detailed book, but beginners should definitely look elesewhere
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9264a474) out of 5 stars Sloppy editing an embarrassment for O'Reilly 11 Nov. 2002
By THOMAS M GREEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book appears to have been thrown together overnight, without the attention of a proofreader or content editor. While I can't say it's actually missing important content, it is certainly the sloppiest O'Reilly book I've ever read. The very first example (on p. 6) is a glaringly ill-formed XML document (the second line contains spurious junk text, as if from a word-processing error), and it just continues from there. The book contains numerous apparent "cut-and-paste" errors of this kind, as well as evidence that global search-and-replace operations were hastily performed on the entire text without subsequent proofreading. What's up, O'Reilly?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9264a5a0) out of 5 stars Tough read 13 Dec. 2003
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very dry and terse. It has all of the required content but it doesn't provide much perspective of how it should be used. You could use it as a reference, but I recommend the XML Schema Companion before this one.
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