Altova Enhances Its Line of XML Development Tools.
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2003
INTRODUCING MAPFORCE 2004, A POWERFUL VISUAL XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. INTEGRATION TOOL
AND CODE GENERATOR See application generator and macro recorder. FOR ADVANCED XML-TO-XML AND DATABASE-TO-XML
MAPPING, ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT OF ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION
Altova Inc. (www.altova.com), producer of XMLSPY, the world's leading XML development environment with over one million registered users, today announced the availability of the new Altova 2004 XML development tools product line, designed to meet the needs of software developers who are building advanced XML and Web services (1) Loosely, any online service delivered over the Web. Such usage appears in articles from non-technical sources, but not in IT-oriented publications, because definition #2 below describes the correct use of the term. applications. The new Altova 2004 product line consists of complete updates to existing products, XMLSPY 2004, AUTHENTIC 2004, and STYLEVISION 2004, and introduces a new product, MAPFORCE 2004, a visual data mapping Data mapping is the process of creating data element mappings between two distinct data models. Data mapping is used as a first step for a wide variety of data integration tasks including:
Altova's MAPFORCE 2004 is a powerful, visual data integration tool, which auto-generates custom data mapping code in multiple output languages such as XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformation) Software that converts an XML document into another format such as HTML, PDF or text. It may also be used to convert one XML document to another XML document with a different set of XML tags (different schema). and Java, to enable programmatic XML-to-XML or database-to-XML data transformations. Altova's new MAPFORCE 2004 provides a powerful, 2-step XML-based approach to enterprise data integration. Using MAPFORCE 2004, data architects can programmatically convert data into XML from any database, simply by drawing visual mappings from relational databases to any data model expressed in XML schema The definition of an XML document, which includes the XML tags and their interrelationships. Residing within the document itself, an XML schema may be used to verify the integrity of the content. . 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, data can easily be transformed from one XML format to another, by visually drawing mappings between different XML schema data models. The MAPFORCE 2004 approach to enterprise data integration ensures compatibility and interoperability across different platforms, servers, programming languages and database environments.
Data integration projects rate among the most tedious developer tasks due to the volume of lines of infrastructure code, required to load, persist, validate, and perform other routine operations on data within the software application. MAPFORCE 2004 is the ultimate data integration productivity enhancer because it generates potentially thousands of lines of program code and XSLT stylesheets which would take hours to do manually, and can make the difference between project success and failure. MAPFORCE 2004 offers compelling value as the first retail-priced, all-purpose, XML-to-XML and database-to-XML mapper and code generator, which is not bound to a particular server or database implementation. MAPFORCE 2004 output code is non-proprietary, royalty-free, and easily used within a customized data integration or middleware application. MAPFORCE 2004 is the ideal power tool for today's data integration specialist.
Key features of MAPFORCE 2004 include:
-- Powerful User Interface - Define mappings by drawing lines
between data structures, preview code and sample output with a
-- Supports any Relational Database - MAPFORCE 2004 supports all
commercial relational databases, including Microsoft SQL SQL
in full Structured Query Language.
Computer programming language used for retrieving records or parts of records in databases and performing various calculations before displaying the results.
Server, Oracle9i (via OCI OCI Oracle Call Interface
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OCI Organizational Conflict of Interest ), or any database with ADO or ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) A database programming interface from Microsoft that provides a common language for Windows applications to access databases on a network.
-- 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
-- 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 The "mathematics of logic," developed by English mathematician George Boole in the mid-19th century. Its rules govern logical functions (true/false) and are the foundation of all electronic circuits in the computer. , string operations In computer science, in the area of formal language theory, frequent use is made of a variety of string functions; however, the notation used is different from that used on computer programming, and some commonly used functions in the theoretical realm are rarely used when programming. ,
mathematical computations, or any user-defined function A User-Defined Function, or UDF, is a function provided by the user of a program or environment, in a context where the usual assumption is that functions are built into the program or environment. .
In addition to the introduction of MAPFORCE 2004, 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:
-- Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio is Microsoft's flagship software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, and web services that run on any platforms (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 takes into
account such variables as namespaces.
-- XPath 2.0 Analyzer - Experiment with a beta implementation of
the W3C's XPath 2.0 working draft of May, 2003.
-- Completely re-implemented Database Utilities - Native support
for Oracle databases, auto-generation of Microsoft SQL Server A relational DBMS from Microsoft that is a major component of the Windows Server System. It is Microsoft's high-end client/server database and is closely integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft Office System.
and Oracle 9i XML Schema extensions, generation of XML Schemas This is a list of XML schemas in use on the Internet sorted by purpose. XML schemas can be used to create XML documents for a wide range of purposes such as syndication, general exchange, and storage of data in a standard format. Bookmarks
according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. SQL/XML standard.
-- 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
"The rapid adoption of new XML standards and XML-based applications is placing an increasing importance on XML development tools in the software development lifecycle of virtually all new business software applications," said Alexander Falk, President & CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Altova, Inc. "Altova remains committed to producing powerful mass-market XML development tools and components with comprehensive feature sets, in a timely and affordable manner."
Pricing and Availability
XMLSPY 2004 is available immediately in three distinct editions: Enterprise Edition, Professional Edition, and Home Edition, available for purchase from the Altova Online Shop at http://www.altova.com/order, with prices for a single-user license starting at $990, $399, and $49, respectively. A free 30-day trial download is available from http://www.altova.com/download.
MAPFORCE 2004 is available for a free 30-day trial download from http://www.altova.com/download, or purchase for $499 for a single user license from the Altova Online Shop.
AUTHENTIC 2004 is available in several editions, AUTHENTIC 2004 Desktop Edition and AUTHENTIC 2004 Browser Edition. The AUTHENTIC 2004 Browser Edition is also available as a Placeholder place·hold·er
1. One who holds an office or place, especially:
a. One who acts as a deputy or proxy.
b. One who holds an appointed office in a government.
2. Control for Microsoft's CMS (1) See content management system and color management system.
(2) (Conversational Monitor System) Software that provides interactive communications for IBM's VM operating system. 2002 Server, and an ASP.NET Server Control. All editions of AUTHENTIC are available under a free software license. AUTHENTIC 2004 can be downloaded from http://www.altova.com/download, and free AUTHENTIC 2004 software license keys can be generated from: http://www.altova.com/support_getfreeauthentic.html
STYLEVISION 2004 is available for a free 30-day trial download from http://www.altova.com/download, or purchase for $299 for a single user license from the Altova Online Shop.
Special Introductory Offers
Altova is making available several introductory offers, beginning on September 2, 2003 and running until November 30, 2003.
-- Every customer who purchases a new license of XMLSPY 2004
Enterprise Edition or upgrades from a previous product to
XMLSPY 2004 Enterprise Edition receives MAPFORCE 2004 for
-- Any Altova customer who upgrades their existing Altova
software products to the corresponding new 2004 products will
receive a special introductory price of up to 25% off the
regular upgrade price, please see the Altova Online Shop for a
complete pricelist and additional details.
-- Existing XMLSPY 5 Professional Edition customers may upgrade
to XMLSPY 2004 Enterprise Edition, at a special introductory
upgrade price of $499!
Altova's XMLSPY 2004 Road Show - Coming to a City Near You!
Don't miss the first-ever special technical presentation and informational session about Altova's new 2004 product line of XML development and XML content authoring tools, featuring "The XMLSPY Handbook" author, Larry Kim. All participants will receive a free Altova T-Shirt! The session will cover topics including: What's new in XMLSPY 2004, Data integration with MAPFORCE 2004, Building XML content editing applications with AUTHENTIC 2004, and a question & answer session.
When & Where:
- San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden : Monday, September 22, from 3:30-5 pm
- Washington, DC: Tuesday, September 30, from 3:30-5 pm
- Boston: Thursday, October 2, from 3:30-5 pm
For complete locations and directions and to register for free, please visit: http://www.altova.com/register.
Support and Maintenance Plan (SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) A multiprocessing architecture in which multiple CPUs, residing in one cabinet, share the same memory. SMP systems provide scalability. As business increases, additional CPUs can be added to absorb the increased transaction volume. )
Altova offers free support to all customers during the free 30-day evaluation period Evaluation period
The time interval over which funds assess a money manager's performance. and within the first 30 days after purchasing a product. A 12-month Support and Maintenance Plan (SMP), which includes technical support and all minor upgrades, is also available for purchasing from the Altova Online Shop. For more information see http://www.altova.com/support_package.html.
To accelerate the adoption of XML content applications, Altova is now offering professional services for designing and implementing enterprise XML applications which leverage Altova XML tools and components. Altova Professional Services provides world class consulting on XML technologies, systems integration best practices, and the development of custom Document Framework applications. Altova Professional Services work in conjunction with Altova's technology partners and customers to bring their complex projects to successful conclusions. For larger groups, Altova professional services group also provides on-site XML centered training. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altova is a leading provider of XML software tools, components, and professional service solutions, including XMLSPY 2004, the industry standard XML Development Environment. Altova, with offices in Beverly, Mass. and Vienna, Austria, was founded in 1992 and has been actively involved in the XML market from the early conception of Extensible Markup Language See XML.
(language, text) Extensible Markup Language - (XML) An initiative from the W3C defining an "extremely simple" dialect of SGML suitable for use on the World-Wide Web.
http://w3.org/XML/. . Altova's 2004 product line of XML development tools and components is the leading choice of Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. Altova's XMLSPY is the world's best-selling XML tool and has won the leading industry awards including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award and Best Product of 2002. Altova is a technology partner with the world's leading software companies including Microsoft, Oracle, BEA BEA - Basic programming Environment for interactive-graphical Applications, from Siemens-Nixdorf. , Borland, IONA, and Software AG. Altova is a member of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium, www.w3.org) An international industry consortium founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee to develop standards for the Web. It is hosted in the U.S. by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT (www.csail.mit.edu/index.php). and WS-I (Web Services Interoperability Organization, www.ws-i.org) A consortium founded by Microsoft, IBM, BEA Systems and Intel that is dedicated to the development of Web services. Its goals are to provide guidance and education, to promote interoperability and to ensure that Web services . Visit Altova on the Web at http://www.altova.com
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