BEAs XMLBeans Service Maps XML to Java

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-03-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BEA Systems has released a beta version of its free XML schema-to-Java class-mapping library and service.

BEA Systems has released a beta version of its free XML schema-to-Java class-mapping library and service. The service allows developers to bypass lower-level standard Java APIs for manipulating XML data and use a more object-oriented approach. Also different is that XMLBeans are based on XML Schema instead of Document Type Definition files. I submitted an XML Schema document to the BEA code generation side and could download a Java class file and interface source code a few moments later, customized to my schema file. XMLBeans classes require a Java 1.4 virtual machine.

The generated Java classes matched the strong data typing of XML Schema and provided get-and-set methods for each XML element or attribute. XQuery-based queries are supported to search XML data structures, and there are two navigation methods for moving through XML data: an array-based API and a cursor-based API.

The service is available at dev2dev.bea.com/technologies/xmlbeans/overview.jsp.

 
 
 
 
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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