- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (December 17, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130655678
- ISBN-13: 978-0130655677
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The authoritative XML Schema reference and tutorial!
- Leverage the full power of XML Schema!
- In-depth coverage of the approved W3C Recommendation
- Schema designpractical and thorough
- Transition help for experienced DTD developers
- Authoritative! By Priscilla Walmsleya member of the W3C XML Schema Working Group
To leverage the full power of XML, companies need shared vocabularies to base their documents and scripts upon. XML Schema makes it possible to create those shared vocabularies-and Definitive XML Schema is the authoritative guide to the standard! Written by Priscilla Walmsley, a member of the W3C working group that created XML Schema, this book explains the W3C Recommendation with unprecedented insight and clarityand introduces practical techniques for writing schemas to support any B2B, Web service, or content processing application. Coverage includes:
- How XML Schema provides a rigorous, complete standard for modeling XML document structure, content, and datatypes
- Working with schemas: Schema composition, instance validation, documentation, namespaces, and more
- XML Schema building blocks: elements, attributes, and types
- Advanced techniques: type derivation, model groups, substitution groups, identity constraints, redefinition, and much more
- An in-depth primer on effective schema design, including naming, document structure, and extensibility considerations
- Transition guidance for experienced DTD developers
Definitive XML Schema brings together expert guidance for schema design, superior approaches to schema development, and the most systematic XML Schema reference on the market. Whether you're a developer, architect, or content specialist, it's the only XML Schema resource you need!"XML Schema is an incredibly powerful-and complex-document schema language, with such new capabilities as strong typing, modularity, inheritance, and identity constraints. This book guides you through the complexity so you can confidently use that power for your own projects." Charles F. Goldfarb
About the Author
Priscilla Walmsley serves as Managing Director of Datypic, a consultancy specializing in XML architecture and design, SOA and Web services implementation, and content management. She is the author of Definitive XML Schema (Prentice Hall), as well as XQuery (O'Reilly Media). She also co-authored Web Service Contract Design and Versioning for SOA (Prentice Hall).
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After reading most of her book, and the part where I focused was on being able to write XSD's so that I could generate java classes and pass data within a SOA architecture, I was able to write my own custom XSD in 10 minutes. The XSD worked the first time and was exactly what I wanted.
If you struggled like I did to figure out XSD's and simply want to understand what's going on and how to generate your own XSD's, then I highly recommend this book.
One of the key strengths of this book is the last chapter which provides excellent design guidance that I often find missing in language-reference texts like this.
This is an excellent book with a lot of information for a very reasonable price.
In my opinion, this book serves more as a reference and doesn't really serve-up any good ideas or suggested practices. In addition, one of the most annoying aspects of this book is the SIZE OF THE PRINT. It's so darned big on relatively small pages that when they referred to a figure, I would sometimes have to go backwards or forwards 2 pages. It almost reminds me of writing my college thesis... make the font bigger, spread the text further apart, move in the margins... voila 100 pages...
I've had this book for over a year now, and I barely use it. Each time I attempt to find something useful in it, the information is scattered over the entire book making it extremely difficult to understand.
For example, right now I'm looking up the "ref" attribute, and according to the index, it appears on 7 different locations throughout the book, each portion shorter than 1 page. Also, I have seen many tables scattered throughout with exact same information, or one or two differing field values, making it very confusing to understand which table is doing what.
And at over 500 pages long, there is a large amount of filler information in this book.
Is this book "definitive"? It looks like it is. Is this book usable? Absolutely not. This is one of the worst investments I've made in computer books.
And there is a place about strings in the book where it differs from the official W3C specs.
The author is an active member of the W3C's XML Schema Working Group and is very active on both the XML-DEV and SCHEMA-DEV mailing lists. She has taken time to answer many questions from Schema Designers and Implementers and I don't know many people who can match her knowledge in the subject area.
If you are looking for a book that is understandable and has many legal and illegal example to learn from this is the book for you. The author has also provided some online augmentation to the book that I find very useful. You are also going to get information from one of the designers of the XML Schema Recommendations. You can't ask for more