June 19, 2003

Oxygen XML Editor

I have been trying the Oxygen XML Editor following a prompt from Mark Nottingham.

I am still putting it through its paces, but so far it looks very good - as Mark says, the context sensitive editing is fantastic, and it has a number of other cool features for constructing and evaluation xpath expressions for example.

It has already highlighted several problems in the RSS Profile schemas I have been noodling on recently too.
I have to say that I can attribute much of the slow progress on authoring those schema directly to several problems and errors I hit in XML-Spy. The schemas I produced with XML-Spy were just plain invalid and wrong for a variety of minor reasons, although they were reporting as validated OK by XML-Spy. Getting to the bottom of those problems is really painful when you don't have a working validator! I have hit problems using XML-Spy on other occasions too.

It's not just my schemas either - Oxygen has also flagged some errors in the imported XHTML schemas from W3C I was using too. Looks like Oxygen is going to take validation of schemas to a new dimension.

I have a strong suspicion I may be getting my credit card out after the 30 day trial - and the price is a very reasonable 74 USD. Given the current strength of the pound, that's an excellent price of 44 GBP.

I think XML-Spy is gonna have a fight on its hands!

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Posted by Jorgen Thelin at June 19, 2003 01:13 PM - [PermaLink]
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If you liked Oxygen, you may be interested in Exchanger XML Editor. Features include: Schema Based Editing; Tag Prompting; Validation against DTD, XML Schema, RelaxNG; Tree View and Outliner for Tag Free editing; XPath and Regular expression searches; Schema Viewer and Conversion; XSLT and XSLFO Transformations; Comprehensive Project Management; SVG Viewer and Conversion; Easy SOAP Invocations. Posted by: Gabriel McGoldrick on November 5, 2003 03:40 AM