Subject:Flat file to XML on Mainframes Author:Akshat Ruia Date:20 Feb 2006 07:37 AM
I have to convert a extract (flat) file (from a COBOL program) to XML.
I have the schema of the required XML format. How do i go ahead with this conversion.
Can this be done on mainframes our will it have to be using a tool on Open-systems.
Subject:Flat file to XML on Mainframes Author:Akshat Ruia Date:21 Feb 2006 01:09 AM
>Hi, Akshat. Yes, you can
>convert flat files to XML
>using the Convert to XML
>module in Stylus Studio. You
>can view a video demonstration
>of this module here:
>Stylus Studio Team
As i mentioned earlier, I already have the schema for the required XML file. Howver, i don't think that the above tool is a automated one. Can he have a tool, which gets a cobol flat file as inout and gives an XML output using the schema and preferably running on mainframes.
Subject:Flat file to XML on Mainframes Author:Akshat Ruia Date:22 Feb 2006 02:38 AM
Thanks for the responses. However, I am not yet clear whether your tool can meet my requirements. Hence i am repeating them.
My requirement is to convert a flat file which is being generated on m/f. This file is generated daily and will have to be converted into XML on a daily basis. There should not be any human intervention required once the conversion job has been fired. I hope you have understood my exact requirement now.
I have thought of two possible solutions:
1) I could define the schema outside mainframes and provide the flat file as input to have this converted to XML.
2) The other option is to have schema defined on mainframe such that the process itself creates an XML without any need to convert later.
I also have a few queries:
1) How does the tool handle the Min Occurs = 0 for a field
2) When i provide the schema, does that act as a reference while conversion?
If you are not clear on my requirements then please revert back to me.
Subject:Flat file to XML on Mainframes Author:(Deleted User) Date:22 Feb 2006 01:16 PM
Yes, you can use the Stylus Studio Adapter API to automate the flat file conversion process. Any machine that supports JVM 1.4 or higher is able to run applications developed using the Adapter API.
XML Schema is not considered during the conversion process, but you can likewise validate the XML resulting from the conversion against an XML Schema by invoking a Stylus Studio validation utility from the command line. This is described here: