XML Schema: The W3C's Object-Oriented Descriptions for XML Paperback – 5 Jul 2002
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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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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.
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.
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