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Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Unleashed by Lars Powers, Mike Snell

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Designing XML Schemas

Visual Studio 2010 has radically enhanced its support for XML schema design. This is evident right off the bat when you open an XML schema file (.xsd). A visual design window and an XML Schema Explorer window, working in tandem, quickly allow you to inspect, edit, and build out your schema. Figure 6.29 shows the same schema we just inferred from our simple “product catalog” XML file opened in the Visual Studio IDE. Note the schema explorer to the right, and the schema design surface to the left. Let’s examine the various views in detail.

Figure 6.29 Editing a simple XML schema.

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Schema Views

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