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ISBN-13: 978-0596002527 ISBN-10: 0596002521 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596002521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002527
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,941 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, Christmas edition 2002 "I recommend this book as a very useful guide and reference." - Rob Hughes, Cvu, August 2003

About the Author

Eric van der Vlist is the resident expert on XML schema languages on XML.com. He is also a member of the ISO DSDL committee, where standardization work on RELAX NG and related specifications is in progress. Eric is also the author of O'Reilly's XML Schema.


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Eric van der Vlist is an independent consultant and trainer. His domain of expertise include Web development and XML technologies.

He is the creator and main editor of XMLfr.org, the main site dedicated to XML technologies in French, the author of the O'Reilly animal books XML Schema and RELAX NG and a member or the ISO DSDL (http://dsdl.org) working group focused on XML schema languages.

He his based in Paris and you can reach him by mail (vdv@dyomedea.com) or meet him in one of the many conferences where he presents his projects.

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
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.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 28, 2002
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.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Foti Massimo on August 14, 2003
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
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By THOMAS M GREEN on November 11, 2002
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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?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on December 13, 2003
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry G. Clark on July 14, 2006
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This book tells you what you need to know. However, it is a bit of a hard slog because it doesn't tell you why you need to know it. It also throws in obscure acronyms and not only expects you to know what they stand for, but what those protocols/standards/programs imply. Yes, you can learn all you need to know about SQL schema, (and more than you need to know - without telling you why you need to know it, you don't know what to skip), but it is a little more painful than it has to be.
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