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XML tools enable the manipulation of XML data, from standardisation to bulk transformations. The tools can also be useful for creating XML schemas to organize your XML systems. Some XML tools also help you work with XSL Transformations, to simplify the translations of particular XML schemas.
Database to XML to EDI mappings (or any combination of these) allow you to organise and structure your dataflow, Altova MapForce Enterprise is a popular product for handling these. More basic XML to XML mappings are handled by the Altova MapForce Professional. Java focused database to XML translations are also handled well by jxTransformer, whereas Delphi programmers can benefit from this functionality in the Q-XML Data Toolkit for Delphi.
The reverse of this, taking XML information from documents and storing it in a relational database, is done by use of Xpath expressions (indicating which parts of the documents are stored where). Promenade Select handles this sort of data acquisition - sending the output to many different types of relational database (including MySQL, Oracle and DB2).
XML schema creation and editing is important for getting your XML projects off the ground. Key products that focus on this are XML Architect and Schema Agent 2005 (found in the Altova XML Suite).
XML systems offer extremely powerful data processing, the output of which is then translated into a presentable format. Altova StyleVision allows you to take full control of the output from such systems, producing HTML or PDF reports from them (as well as enabling XSLT stylesheet manipulation for more involved translations).
Resin enables the parsing of XML to JSP, allowing XML data to be shown on a wide range of clients (from Palm Pilots to Monzilla). This works well with XML that holds content and style seperately, so information can be conveyed regardless of the client's ability to handle styles.
A wide range of XML technologies can be used for development purposes in Altova XMLSpy. This is a development environment allowing modelling, editing, debugging and generation of runtime code (in multiple programming languages). This functionality is available from within the VS.NET, COM and Java development environments enabling quick and easy XML integration of projects.
XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and elsewhere. XML can be used by any individual or group of individuals or companies that wants to share information in a consistent way. The type of data is described in the markup tags preceding the data; this enables different users to identify the same data even if it occurs in different places in their documents / systems.
See http://www.w3.org/XML for a full definition.