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Re: Who can implement W3C XML Schema ?

java xsd.exe equivalent
Adam Turoff wrote:

>If I'm doing my math right, that leaves roughly 1% of XML users
>actually *trying* to do something with XML Schema.  From there:
We're using MSXML 4, .NET and XML Spy. I think the only really 
irritating problem I've had is that XML Spy doesn't detect ambiguous 
content models - this should be at least an option.

In general I'd say that anyone who wants to do typed Web Services is 
likely to be doing XSD. That's going to be a lot more than 1% of users 
in the near to medium future, in my prediction.

How are they going to do it? I've just experimentally dragged a database 
table onto a schema in VS.NET - the result's not perfect (got primary 
keys but can't see referential integrity) but it's a pretty good start.

So that gives at least three options to those designing XML Schemas -

[1]    start by designing the schema, either textually or graphically
[2]    start by designing a programming language class, then 
auto-magically convert the class to a schema
[3]    start by auto-magically converting one or more tables to schemas, 
plus of course
[4]    start by getting a third-party schema and simply putting it 
through your toolkit

An interesting point is that when the .NET utility xsd.exe (I imagine 
that there is or will shortly be a java equivalent) generates a 
schema-specific deserialiser, the generated code not only parses XML (or 
an XML event stream) blazingly fast, but also provides implicitly quite 
a lot of structure and data-type validation.

Strangely my tests show the generated code de-serialising XML into 
objects faster than it serialises objects into XML - is this just me?



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