Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-01-20 Print this article Print

: VorteXML Server 1.0"> Executive Summary: VorteXML Server 1.0

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Poor
Manageability Fair
Scalability Fair
Security Good
VorteXML makes what can be a difficult job—turning text data into XML—straightforward. The tool is easy to use and will do the hoped-for job in many situations. However, the 1.0 release has a significant number of functional gaps that make it difficult for administrators to detect when input text files contain formatting errors.


At $8,000 per server, VorteXML isnt that expensive, but for one-off jobs we would turn first to text processing languages such as Perl, sed or awk.

(+) Easy, powerful text file template definition tool and expression language; automatic file-based import system eases data input; Web services interface.

(-) No mechanism to alert administrators to bad data in import files; no import filters included, so only straight text files can be imported; HTML files are parsed in a way that discards most tag metadata; doesnt support XML Schema; requires Windows 2000, IIS and Microsoft SQL Server (or Microsoft Data Engine).

  • In-house development of small programs to do text transformation
  • Whitehill Technologies xml Transport
  • ItemFields ContentMaster
  • Data Junction Corp.s Data Junction Content Extractor
  • vortexml.datawatch.com

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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