Excelons XML Editor Growing Up

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-08-05 Print this article Print

Excelon's $399 Stylus Studio XML editor is growing into a decent competitor to the king of the hill, Altova's XML Spy.

Excelons $399 Stylus Studio XML editor is growing into a decent competitor to the king of the hill, Altovas XML Spy. I found XML Spy still a notably better XML and schema file editor, but Stylus Studio has stronger XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation) features.

Stylus Studio 4.0, which shipped in June, gains an editable graphical tree view for schema and XML files (see screen, right), as well as the ability to debug XSLT style sheets.

The software has schema and DTD (Document Type Definition) support and can convert between the two.

Stylus Studio has an auto-completion feature for schema tags and attributes and permits auto-completion of normal XML tags if the file has an associated schema or DTD—a real keystroke saver.

The software also has a drag-and-drop mapping tool that generates XSLT code to convert one XML file format to another, a built-in XPath query tool and tools to generate schema or DTD files from XML code.

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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