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what XML Tool to use ?

 
Holger Prause
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Hi
Can anybody of you suggest me a good XML Tool?There should be a Trial Version of it so that i can test it before we buy it.

thx a lot,
Holger
 
Ray Hunter
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There are some really great tools out their that have xml parsers and everything. One ide that I like to use is XML Spy which gives me a great environment to work with and especially the ability to work with multiple files for the internet, like these types of files:
xml
xsd
xsl
xslt
xdr
svg
smil
wml
rdf
xhtml
html
just to name a few.
I also use winedit and textpad. I get to create certain parsing files to use with them.

-Ray
 
Ajith Kallambella
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It depends on what you want to do. Since XML development spans across a process-space you will need different tools at different stages of development

  • XML/XSL Creation - Notepad, any advanced text editor will do this job. Some of the Java IDEs are now XML-enabled which means you will get nice features like syntax highlighting etc.
  • XML parsing - you will need a parser. Apache has Xerces. Microsoft and IBM has their own versions. They are all free!!
  • XML rendering - you will need an XSLT engine( Apache has Xalan and uses Xerces ) to convert your XML to another XML or any rederable format. Internet Explorer version 5.5 onwards has built-in XML support which means you can apply a stylesheet and view the resulting HTML/XHTML/text files using the IE browser. It also checks for well-formedness and xsl syntax, so you can actually use IE as a developent tool. One word of caution - the XSLT support of IE is not complete so you may find some advanced features( like call-template ) not working. Many XSLT engines like xalan support command-line execution and so you an generate the HTML file offline and view the resulting document in any standard browser.
  • Publishing framework - these are XML-based application that nicely integrates into a Servlet architecture. Checkout Apache's Cocoon( www.xml.apache.org/cocoon ). This is not a required tool, but it can alleviate a lot of headache.

  • Checkout the following links -
    IBM's Visual XML tools
    Another tool repository - XMLSoftware.com
    XML tools that uses Microsoft's XML parser and written in VB - VBXML.com I love their XPathVisualizer software!

    Hope that hels!
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    Ajith Kallambella M.
    Sun Certified Programmer for the Java2 Platform.
 
Brett Knapik
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score another one for xml spy it can be found at www.xmlspy.com
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