XML File Explorer

Stylus Studio® X15 XML Release 2's File Explorer provides a productive, consistent, and easy-to-use interface for working with the data sources frequently used in enterprise data integration projects.

Opening the XML File Explorer

To open the File Explorer window, select View > File Explorer from the Stylus Studio® menu. The File Explorer, illustrated below, is a dockable window, supporting all basic file operations like open, save, rename, move, create directory, and so on. You can also use the File Explorer to convert files to and from XML on-the-fly using simple drag-and-drop.

Using the XML file explorer

Browsing Data Sources in the XML File Explorer

Stylus Studio®'s XML File Explorer is the easiest way to browse different data sources — relational databases, WebDAV servers, other legacy data formats, and a number of third-party file systems can all be accessed quickly and easily. Each file system is represented with a unique icon to speed recognition. To browse a data source, you first connect to it by providing the host server's URL and login credentials.

Browsing Different File Systems in the XML File Explorer

Stylus Studio®'s XML File Explorer supports all types of data sources, including

Converting Data Sources Using the XML File Explorer

As an added convenience, the XML File Explorer provides integrated support for Convert to XML converter definitions. Suppose you have non-XML data, a dBase file for example. To convert the dBase data into XML using one of Stylus Studio®'s many built-in XML converters, just drag the dBase file onto the applicable built-in dBase adapter (as shown below). Stylus Studio® then automatically invokes the XML data conversion and opens the converted dBase file in a new XML Editor window.

Converting DBASE to XML

Stylus Studio® X15 Release 2 XML Enterprise Suite includes built-in XML converters for the following popular data formats, all of which can be converted to XML using drag-and-drop operations within the File Explorer.

  • Base 64 encoding of binary files
  • Comma Separated Values (CSV)
  • Data Interchange Format
  • dBase II
  • dBase III
  • dBase III+
  • dBase IV
  • dBase V
  • Email mbox (without MIME support)
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • Binary encoded files
  • Java .properties File
  • COBOL Line Sequential
  • COBOL Printer Sequential
  • COBOL Record Sequential with Fixed Length Records
  • COBOL Record Sequential with Variable Length Records
  • COBOL Relative with Fixed Length Records
  • Progress .d Data Dump
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Smith Corona Personal Word Processors
  • Super Data Interchange Format
  • Symbolic Link Format
  • Tab Separated Values (TSV)
  • Whole-line Text
  • Windows .ini File
  • Windows Write

It's also easy to develop custom XML converters for other non-XML data formats using Stylus Studio®'s Convert to XML utility — for more information, please see our online video demonstrations entitled: Introduction to Convert to XML, EDI to XML Mapping in Stylus Studio and Bi-Directional EDI to XML Mapping using DataDirect XML Converters™ which covers working with and integrating different data formats.

The XML File Explorer is a productive tool for organzing and accessing the many disparate data sources that you are bound to encounter when building applications in any advanced data integration project. Get started with Stylus Studio® by downloading a free trial today!

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