Catching up on the backlog of papers – I’ve added my 2010 EDW presentation on generating XML Schemas from models

Looking at the amount of material I prepared for this 2010 presentation, I do wonder how I possibly thought I could do it justice in just one hour, including two live product demonstrations 

When I first came across XML Schemas, I was struck by their simplicity and versatility. When I saw how some people use them, I realised that the days of unmanaged COBOL copybooks had returned to haunt me.

This was my attempt to exorcise the XML demon. For this relaunch on my blog I’ve added back the hidden slides, and added a few notes – it’s still essentially the 2010 presentation, so it’s likely that some of my comments on tool capabilities are out of date.

Click here to view – Papers

Now I’m back in the #PowerDesigner world, I’ve started adding my presentations to my blog

Last October I posted a link to the presentation that I gave at data Modelling Zone in Dusseldorf last year – it’s been uploaded to SlideShare, and several people have told me they’re not allowed to access SlideShare at work, asking me to post it on my blog instead.

I should have done this before – no excuses, though I could say it’s because I had a spell where I was fully-employed to do something other than talk about PowerDesigner up to last week. Anyway, I’ve added a new section to my blog – look for ‘Papers’ at the top of the screen, or click here – It works when I try it, so tell me if it doesn’t work for you.

How are you using “Architecture Areas” in your #PowerDesigner models?

In SAP PowerDesigner 16.6.4, the Architecture Area concept was made available in most model types, having previously only been available in the Enterprise Architecture model. Perhaps it was a response to the introduction of “Business Data Objects” to ER/Studio Data Architect by Idera. I think “Architecture Area” is a better name than “Business Data Object”.

Anyway, I’m curious – how are you using them in your models?

In this made-up example there are three Architecture Areas, including one that is a child of another.

Architecture Areas