Stylus Scoop - June. '05 — Celebrate Independence Day with Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition

Dear Stylus Studio Friend,

Stylus Studio, invites you, the global community of XML developers, to celebrate independence from incomplete and over-priced XML IDEs! With the new product launch of Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition, the most powerful and productive XML IDE for developing, debugging and now, deploying — Yes! deploying advanced XML applications, we can ensure XML developer productivity for generations to come, and help safeguard our hard-earned independence and the rights of XML developers everywhere! And following another American tradition, we're having our first-ever Stylus Studio Independence Day Sale. (Like other such sales, it's supposedly done as a tribute, but, really, it's about moving product. Read on for more information.)

Also in this issue: How to generate the code needed for running XSLT or XQuery in your Java application, how to develop an XQuery that invokes a Web service call with TigerLogic XDMS, our renewed commitment to fighting for your rights and independence; all this and more in this month's issue of The Stylus Scoop!


Ivan Pedruzzi, Senior Product Architect, and the Stylus Studio Team

Table of Contents - June 2005

Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition now Available!

Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition was released earlier this month. Download a free trial.

Here are just some of the highlights of the new release:

  • Java Code Generation: Now you can generate code for your XQuery and XSLT stylesheets and deploy that code to a live production server or application. Stylus Studio captures the settings specified in the XQuery and XSLT scenarios - your choice of XML processor, parameters, input/output files, and post processing options, for example - and reflects them in the generated Java code. For more information read item #3 in this newsletter.
  • Updated W3C XQuery Compliance: Stylus Studio is the first XML IDE to fully support the W3C XQuery working draft of April 2005, taking the lead on the path of innovation to this critical emerging data integration technology.
  • New XML Schema Tools: Generate sample XML fragments from XML Schema components, Create XML Schema documentation with a familiar JavaDoc-like layout, Perform XML Schema-based output validation of XSLT or XQuery transformations — These and many more usability enhancements further enhance Stylus Studio's position as provider of the most innovative XML Schema tools for data modeling.
  • New File Explorer: The new File Explorer window provides a handy way for developers to manage files in Stylus Studio and to perform other basic file-oriented operations (delete, copy, and rename, for example). You can also easily convert files by dragging the file you want to convert onto any built-in or user-defined adapters. A new Auto-Backup feature optionally creates backup files of your documents when you save them.
  • XML Diff Text View: XML Differencing is even easier now with a third way to view differences in XML documents. In addition to the Split View - Tree tab and the Merged tab, you can now view two documents side-by-side in plain text on the Split View - Text tab.
  • Canonical XML Converter: Render XML in its canonical form with a single mouse click - just one of the many new XML editing utilities in the Stylus Studio XML Editor.
  • XML Spell Checker: Admit it, there's a reason you didn't become a marketing copywriter - but now you can impress your colleagues with your brilliant command of the English language with the Stylus Studio XML Spell Checker!
  • EDIFACT to XML Schema Conversions: Simplify EDIFACT data integration projects with a new utility for generating XML Schema from EDIFACT messages, fully integrated with the XML Schema Editor.
  • JAXP Support: Generate Java-XML bindings from your XML Schemas using the Java API for XML Binding (JAXB) — fully integrated with the Java IDE and XML Schema Editor.

Q: What are the differences in features between the various editions of Stylus Studio (Home, Professional, and Enterprise)?
A: We've posted a detailed feature matrix describing all of the differences.

Q: Do you have something smaller that summarizes the key advantages of Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition?
A: Yes. We posted a list of the top-ten reasons we recommend Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise for your next data integration project.

Q: I have no more questions. So this really shouldn't be a Q: I'm sorry.
A: No problem. Download a free trial of Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition today, and all is forgiven!

Independence Day Sale at the Stylus Studio Online Shop

For many years, software developers and integration architects suffered from the ruthless tyranny of oppressive pay-per-feature pricing schemes — remuneration without justification!

But, now, you can craft your own declaration of independence with Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive high-quality XML IDE that provides everything you need to tackle serious enterprise XML development challenges, all at a single, fair price.

Celebrate your independence in one of two ways:

  • From now until July 8, 2005, customers who purchase Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition from the Stylus Studio Online Shop are eligible to purchase Annual Upgrade Protection (AUP) for just 17.76 (USD) per user.
  • Competitive Upgrade Program: Stylus Studio is excited to offer a special upgrade price of $250 off the cost of a single-user license of our award-winning XML IDE to XML developers who mistakenly purchased other XML editors.

We'll never stop fighting for the rights of XML developers, but the 2005 Stylus Studio Independence Day Sale ends July 8, 2005.

Generating Java Code with Stylus Studio

So you've used Stylus Studio to write and debug your XSLT or XQuery, and it runs like a charm — inside Stylus Studio. But now your boss wants you to take your XQuery and XSLT stylesheets to your production environment. What do you do now? Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition can now supports automated Java code generation required to deploy XSLT or XQuery as a Java application or as a class within a Java application! A new tutorial by Mr. Clyde Kessel, a Sr. Software Engineer on the Stylus Studio team, shows you how to take your XSLT or XQuery to go.

Why I XQuery: How one developer is using XQuery in healthcare

Stylus Studio now includes comprehensive XML and XQuery development tools support for Raining Data's TigerLogic XDMS, their high-performance XML data management server. One of the neat features of TigerLogic XDMS is its ability to run Web service calls directly in-line from within an XQuery expression using Tigerlogic XDMS extensions — extensions that are fully supported in Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition. A new XQuery and Web service tutorial explains how to invoke a stock quote Web service from inside of your XQuery expression, then how to format the results into an HTML report using an XQuery FLWOR block.

True Stylus Studio Stories: Why I use Stylus Studio

Here's what Greg Higgins, an Engineer with CodeCrafters, had to say about the EDI/EDIFACT/X12 and other data integration tools in Stylus Studio: "Let me just say that if you do EDI or know anyone who does EDI and you (or they) don't have this tool, you are working way, way, way too hard. If you do EDI full time with lots of new integrations, [Stylus Studio] probably bought you a couple hundred hours a year. Yep! I said it, couple hundred. If you don't do EDI, but you do tons of file conversions, you may want to check this out also. What's really great, of course, is that it's also the best XML editor / ... / etc out there."

And Peter van Dam, an Engineer with Netsetup said: "Having spent almost two years of a previous life converting large direct mail files from one format to another, [Stylus Studio] would have saved me most of those two years (and left me jobless)."

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