[announce] XMLSPY 2004 available, introducing MAPFORCE
[announce] Dear XSL-List, The new Altova product line of XML tools is available, consisting of updates to XMLSPY 2004, AUTHENTIC 2004, STYLEVISION 2004, and introducing MAPFORCE 2004. These products include new support for XSL and related technolgy, XPath 2.0, by providing: (1) a Visual XML-to-XML mapper (which generates either XSLT or Java), and (2) an XPath Analyzer which supports the W3C's Xpath 2.0 recommendation of May, 2003. The features are described in greater detail below: MAPFORCE 2004 is a visual XML data mapping tool, which auto-generates custom data mapping code in multiple output languages such as XSLT and Java, to enable programmatic XML-to-XML or database-to-XML data transformations. Altovas new MAPFORCE 2004 simplifies any enterprise data integration project. Using MAPFORCE 2004, data architects can programmatically convert any relational data into XML, simply by drawing visual mappings from relational databases to any data model expressed in XML schema. MAPFORCE 2004 will then auto-generate the software program code required to programmatically marshal data from the source database to the target XML schema. Next, MAPFORCE 2004 transform XML data from one XML format to another, by visually drawing mappings between different XML schema content models. The MAPFORCE 2004 approach to enterprise data integration ensures compatibility and interoperability across different platforms, servers, programming languages and database environments. Key features of MAPFORCE 2004 include: * Powerful User Interface - Define mappings by visually drawing lines between data structures, preview code and sample output with a single click. * Supports any Relational Database - MAPFORCE 2004 supports all commercial relational databases, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle9i (via OCI), or any database with ADO or ODBC connectivity. * Support for Multiple Inputs and Outputs - Advanced multi-pass data transformations (from schema, to schema to schema, etc.) can easily be set up simply by chaining stylesheets together in sequence. Target schemas can be populated from multiple data sources. * XSLT and Java Code Generation - Ideal for heterogeneous computing environments. Support for additional C#, C++ to be added within the year, and will be offered as a free upgrade to any MAPFORCE 2004 customer. * Rich Function Libraries - Handle the most advanced XML data mapping scenarios using a comprehensive data mapping function library, enabling the data architect to define mapping rules based on conditions, boolean logic, string operations, mathematical computations, or any user-defined function. MAPFORCE 2004 is available for a free 30-day trial download at: http://www.altova.com/download The new Altova product line consists of complete updates to existing products, XMLSPY 2004, AUTHENTIC 2004, and STYLEVISION 2004. To meet the demands of users of XML technologies, Altova has added numerous new features to its award-winning product family of XML development tools and content authoring tools. The key new features of XMLSPY 2004 include: * XPath 2.0 Analyzer - Experiment with the newest XML technologies, based on the W3Cs XPath 2.0 working draft of May, 2003. * Microsoft Visual Studio(r) .NET(r) Integration - An added convenience for Microsoft Developers, enabling them to use the XMLSPY directly within their preferred editing environment. * XML Differencing - Visually compare files and directories in a highly configurable, XML-aware manner, which can properly handle such variables as namespace prefixes, whitespace, ordering of elements and attributes, CDATA/Processing Instructions/Comments, resolving of entities, and more. * Completely re-implemented Database Utilities - Native support for Oracle databases, auto-generation of Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle 9i XML Schema extensions, generation of XML Schemas according to SQL/XML standard. * New code generation support for Borland C# Builder projects * Numerous usability and performance enhancements - Key new features of AUTHENTIC 2004 and STYLEVISION 2004 (Stylesheet Designer) include: * Automatic Calculation of fields based on industry standard XPath for input in AUTHENTIC and output in HTML/PDF * Automatic Business Logic Validation based on industry standard XPath for input in AUTHENTIC * Support for more complex table structures with multiple rows and footers for input and output * Rich Input Formatting capabilities, can also be used for output in HTML/PDF Date/Time control in AUTHENTIC for easy entry of date values Download a free trial of the new Altova version 2004 XML Tools from: http://www.altova.com/download Learn more about these new products at the Altova XMLSPY 2004 Road Show. Dates and Times: San Francisco, CA, Monday, Sept. 22 2003, 3:30-5 pm Washington, DC, Tuesday, Sept. 30 2003, 3:30-5 pm Boston, MA, Thursday, Oct. 2 2003, 3:30-5 pm All attendees receive a free Altova XMLSPY T-Shirt. Space is limited, Register today at: www.altova.com/register Sincerely, Larry Kim XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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