DataDirect Technologies Launches XML Converters for Accessing any Data Source as XML

New Product Line offers Productive, Scalable and Cost-Effective Approach to Building and Deploying Complex Data Integration Solutions

BEDFORD, MA -- 11/14/2005 -- Stylus Studio (, the industry-leading provider of XML development tools and components for advanced XML data integration, today announced the immediate availability of DataDirect XML Converters, high-performance Java™ and .NET components that provide programmatic, bi-directional access to virtually any data source as XML. DataDirect XML Converters allow developers to seamlessly stream non-XML data as XML to industry-leading XML processing components including Apache's Xalan XSLT Processor, and the Saxon XQuery and XSLT Processors.

Because DataDirect XML Converters expose non-XML data as XML data sources, developers can now write industry-standard XQuery or XSLT stylesheets that read and write to non-XML data sources as if they were XML files on the local file system. Using Stylus Studio 2006 XML IDE, developers can generate the Java code required to run these data integration applications and deploy them to any Java environment with the click of a button. DataDirect XML Converters are a powerful and innovative approach to solving data integration challenges involving different data sources including flat files, relational databases, EDI (EDIFACT and X12), XML databases, Web services, and many other file systems and data repositories. Developers can radically simplify developing and deploying data integration applications in a way that leverages industry-standard XML technologies, widely-adopted and proven XML processing components, and Stylus Studio's industry-leading XSLT and XQuery tools.

"XML, XQuery, and XSLT are a natural fit for data integration, but development gets tricky if your data isn't already in an XML format. Previously, developers facing this challenge had limited options to choose from – they could write their own internal adapter libraries, try costly non-XML data conversion solutions, or risk rolling the dice with other XML tools offering proprietary code generation schemes based on non-standard XML processing technologies," said Jerry King, Stylus Studio's General Manager. "DataDirect XML Converters let developers easily extend the power of industry-standard XSLT and XQuery to access virtually any data source quickly and easily. By using the integrated XML mapping tools in Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite to develop and debug XSLT and XQuery in combination with our Java code generation capabilities, developers can realize serious productivity gains when deploying XML applications. Together, DataDirect XML Converters and Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite offer the most productive, scalable, and cost-effective approach to building and deploying XML-based data integration solutions involving multiple, heterogeneous data sources."

Solve Any Legacy Data Integration Challenge in Three Easy Steps

With DataDirect XML Converters and Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite, developers have an extensible framework for tackling legacy data integration challenges in just three simple steps:

  1. Model Non-XML Data: It's easy to get non-XML data into XML with Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite. For flat files, EDIFACT and X12, DataDirect XML Converters offer thousands of pre-built XML converters. Using Convert-to-XML, users can visually map from any flat file to XML. Additional customization is made possible through an extensibility API allowing you to write your own XML converters. More than just a one-off data conversion tool, Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite is an industry-leading tool for getting into XML data sources that can then be seamlessly read from or written to an XSLT or XQuery application.
  2. Develop and Test Data Transformations: Use the XQuery and XSLT Editors, Debuggers, Mappers, Profilers, and other XML development tools and utilities in Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite to create and test your XML data integration application. All of the Stylus Studio XML development tools operate identically, whether on an XML file or on non-XML data that you have modeled as an XML data source (step 1).
  3. Deploy Your Application: Use Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite to generate Java code required to deploy your XML data integration application. All of the settings that you specify in the development phase – for example, the XML processor to use, parameters, and so on – are automatically reflected in the generated Java code. The generated Java code leverages DataDirect XML Converters, allowing you to seamlessly stream your data to and from the XML processor of your choice.

DataDirect XML Converters

DataDirect XML Converters are available today, providing access to:

  • Flat Files and File Systems: Access to hundreds of common file formats (CSV, dBase, TSV, and others); XML databases, TigerLogic XDMS, and more; and File systems (WebDAV, HTTP and FTP servers, and even live Web service data)
  • EDIFACT and X12 EDI Legacy: Out-of-the-box read and write access to EDIFACT and X12 EDI Message types. Or customize with Stylus Studio XML Enterprise Suite.

Pricing and Availability

DataDirect XML Converters are available for immediate purchase.

To get started using DataDirect XML Converters, simply download a free trial today.

About Stylus Studio

Stylus Studio®, a product from DataDirect Technologies, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, is the industry's most innovative XML IDE providing advanced support for XML and its related technologies: XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, DTD, SOAP, WSDL, EDI, EDIFACT, SQL/XML, XML mapping, Web Services, Legacy data integration and XQuery. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. Visit the Stylus Studio Web site to learn more.

Stylus Studio is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or service marks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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