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The New XSD Designer Tool in Visual Studio 2010

May 20, 2010

The Visual Studio 2010 IDE comes with lots of new features and enhancements. Some of the most important features and enhancements include support for:

  • Multi-targeting (Enhanced)
  • Call Hierarchy of methods
  • Parallel Programming and Debugging
  • XSLT Profiling and Debugging
  • Creating SharePoint Applications
  • Quick Search
  • XSD Designer
  • UML Designer
  • Better application performance and deployment features

And the list goes on! I have just listed only the ones that I have been using. One of the amazing new feature I liked in Visual Studio 2010 is the new XSD Designer tool. The XSD Designer tool includes a schema explorer with distinct visual representation of different levels of detail. This is a graphical tools that you can use to visualize a XML schema at varying levels of abstraction. The major components that make up the XSD Designer include the:

  • XML Schema Explorer
  • Start View
  • Graph View
  • Content Model View

The XML Schema Explorer is a component that you can use to browse, search and navigate the XML schema tree. The Start View is a component that is used as a launching point for the XSD Designer -- you can navigate to other views of the XSD Designer from this view. The Graph View is the component that enables you to visualize the schema and the relationships amongst its various nodes. The Content Model View is a component that provides you a graphical representation of the local and also the global schema nodes. You can get more information on the new XSD Designer tool of Visual Studio 2010 here.

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