Stylus Studio : Java Glossary

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Stylus Studio X15
A suite of programs for editing, validating and diagramming xml (including jnlp), xsd, dtd, xsl and xquery files. It is a hefty 82 MB download (bigger than the entire JDK (Java Development Kit) ). It comes in three versions home: $100.00 USD , professional: $350.00 USD and enterprise: $600.00 USD . The trial version is the enterprise version. Here is how the three editions differ. It is a well-polished program. It has 9 different ways of validating an XML (extensible Markup Language) file. I bought the home edition.
Be careful, when you buy Stylus Studio, you get two things, an activation key and the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of a download — different from the trial version. If you don’t pay $10 for lost download insurance, you are up the creek if you lose your the URL or your download. It is easy to overlook the URL during the purchase product. Don’t leave the purchase page until you have the download safely on DVD (Digital Video Disc).

It indents XML, but uses tabs to do it. When you convert the tabs to spaces, you have 8 columns per indent level, which is about 4 times more than is desirable. You can fix this. Go into Tools ⇒ General Editor ⇒ General ⇒ Tabs, and configure insert spaces and the tab size. You do this on a per language basis.

It will generate a skeleton XSD (XML Scheme Definition) schema just given an example conforming XML file. You can then polish it by refining the restrictions. Any point you can validate your schema or your XML, as conforming to the basic XML spec or conforming to your custom schema with the click on the menu.

It does far more than you would guess from a cursory exploration of the menus. There are a number of videos to introduce the program’s abilities. You could spend years learning to use it all. It can suck data out of/export to EDI/X12, SQL (Standard Query Language), live SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) feeds, fixed field width files, CSV (Comma-Separated Value) files, CVS (Concurrent Versions System) repository, SourceSafe, ClearCase (not Subversion)… It can generate Java code. You can graphically build a program to select fields out of one XML file to generate another.


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