Beyond Schemas: Planning Your XML Model
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2007

Have you ever wondered how to get started writing your own schema? As you prepare to create your schema, you must consider a number of factors. This guide explains each of those factors in detail and recommends an approach for documenting your schema development plan in an information model.

Your information model can not only be used as a planning mechanism to develop your schema but can also be used as a training resource and as a reference guide for those using the schema after it is developed. By putting a well-thought-out information model in place, you are bound to produce a schema that you can use indefinitely and build upon easily.

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As old saying goes - there was very much new and interesting information in this book, only what was interesting - wasn't new, what was new - wasn't interesting.

I am frustrated I asked my boss to by this book for me - wasted time and money!

Lesson for me: "Never ever choose a book based on only one review, even if rated 5 stars!"

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Beyond Schemas: Planning Your XML Model

By Frederick J Eccher Jr

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Title: Beyond Schemas: Planning Your XML Model

First Edition: March 2007

Series: Short Cut

Format: PDF

ISBN 10: 0-596-52770-5

ISBN 13: 9780596527709

Pages: 41

Description from O'Reilly:

"Have you ever wondered how to get started writing your own schema? As you prepare to create your schema, you must consider a number of factors. This guide explains each of those factors in detail and recommends an approach for documenting your schema development plan in an information model.

Your information model can not only be used as a planning mechanism to develop your schema but can also be used as a training resource and as a reference guide for those using the schema after it is developed. By putting a well-thought-out information model in place, you are bound to produce a schema that you can use indefinitely and build upon easily."

The description is an accurate reflection of the book. The 40+ pages of this pdf are very well thought out and document with information model and schema implementation. This is not a book for agile developers who prefer to code first and think about it later. This book shows that a little thought up front can create a much better outcome, now and in the future.

The future is in the reuse strategy. After completion of a user analysis, the specifications of a unique group of users is documented. External and internal users require different types of interviews. Visual or graphical representation of the process flows identify the how and where of the user specifications. This leads to a structure after an information analysis. The structure is the main part that allows the reuse strategy in the creation of an information model.

The information model requires some thought about information architecture, information types, body elements, inline elements, content units, naming conventions, metadata schema, file structure, navigation issues, documents, and deliverable structures. All of these are explained in his book.

I thought the book was concise. It explains all you need to know without boring the reader, creating verbage not really needed, and finishes with a pilot project.

The pilot project was my favorite part and is worth the price of the book.

I give this book five stars and recommend it to anyone using or needing XML. There are many interesting tables and figures to explain concepts as well as some spreadsheets to show how to get from the beginning to the end of his explanation of this process.

Very well done.

Frederick J Eccher Jr

MBA

M.S. Management of Information Systems

A.B. Psychology

B.A. Biology

CIO, Community Partners

President, Board of Directors, Saint Louis Visual Basic Users Group

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