Altova Tech Notes
Altova Tech Notes feature helpful tips for maximizing your productivity when working with Altova software. Select a Tech Note below for more information and step-by-step instructions.
- Important Information about 64-bit Software
This Tech Note provides important information about the advantages, differences, and dependencies of 64-bit software that you should consider as you decide whether a 64-bit or 32-bit version is best for your needs.
- Using 64-bit Applications with Microsoft Access Database Files
This Tech Note explains connectivity implications and drivers required when using 64-bit applications to communicate with Microsoft Access databases.
- Working with XML data in the SQL Azure cloud
You can connect to SQL Azure databases in XMLSpy and edit XML data directly, or use XQuery to parse XML data in the cloud.
- Content re-use with OpenXML and XSLT
Altova CEO, Alexander Falk, offers some practical insight on content re-use using the built-in OOXML and XSLT support in XMLSpy.
- Using the XPath analyzer to quickly find information in files
A useful XMLSpy tip from Altova CEO and XML aficionado, Alexander Falk. Read more about the latest in XML technologies, as well as the latest technologies, trends, gadgets, and software development tools on his blog.
- Using the XMLSpy Database Connection Wizard
XMLSpy has a Database Connection Wizard, which allows you to connect to virtually any database to create an XML Schema from the database structure, and more.
- Entering elements in XMLSpy
XMLSpy provides a variety of editing helpers and views so that each user can customize her XML editing experience in a variety of different ways.
- Share your content models outside of XMLSpy
Save a picture of any component of your schema, such as the content model of a single element.
- XMLSpy and Visual Studio
XMLSpy offers advanced XML functionality for Visual Studio users. See the complete list.
- A quick solution for data mapping functions
Insert a simple text file into your MapForce mapping as a temporary target to check the output of your function under construction.
- Adding z-segments to HL7 mapping components
The HL7 EDI configuration files that are available for free download on the Altova Web site can easily be customized to include z-segments for MapForce mappings.
- Using SQL-WHERE filters in MapForce
When you are using MapForce for a data mapping project that includes a database source, you can use the SQL-WHERE component to filter the data on a granular level before writing it to the target data structure, whether that be another database, an XML file, a flat file, an EDI message, or a Web service.
- Accessing XML data online in MapForce mappings
When you’re designing a data integration or Web services mapping project in MapForce, you can configure the project to load XML data from a URL instead of the local file system.
- Automating a MapForce mapping to run as a batch process
You can create a scheduled task to execute a MapForce data integration or Web services mapping at the specified time(s).
- Integrate MapForce with industry-leading IDEs
The latest version of MapForce can be integrated with Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio.
- How to use TrueType fonts for StyleVision PDF generation
Limitations in the design of the Apache FOP processor cause TrueType fonts to be unavailable for PDF generation. This tip, along with the downloadable scripts, provides StyleVision users with a workaround for this issue.
- Point your UModel arrows in the right direction
Follow these simple steps to re-orient your arrowheads in UModel diagrams.
- UModel and Visual Studio
UModel offers advanced UML functionality for Visual Studio users. See the complete list.
- Organizing UML and BPMN Diagrams with Layers
Layers can be selectively hidden or exposed, providing a convenient way to subdivide complex diagrams.
- Copy the structure of a database schema
Learn how to use DatabaseSpy® 2013 to efficiently copy the structure of tables in a database schema.
- Explore unfamiliar databases with DatabaseSpy
Seamless integration of major DatabaseSpy features makes it easy to master new database interfaces and SQL dialects.
- Connect to a SQL Azure database in the cloud
Step by step instructions on building a connection string for DatabaseSpy® 2013 (and other Altova tools) to connect to a SQL Azure database.
- Migrate a table with XML data to the SQL Azure cloud
You can use a table in a local database as a model and migrate the table structure and content to the SQL Azure cloud.
- XML in the cloud – Working with Altova Tools and the Amazon RDS
The Amazon Relational Database Service supports special functions for working with XML data in text fields.
- Comparing XML Schemas with DiffDog
DiffDog® 2013 includes a powerful tool to compare XML Schemas that XML developers and others can use to update existing XML data files as XML Schemas evolve.
- Teach DiffDog a new trick
You can add new file extensions to control how DiffDog® 2013 displays and compares new file types.
- Practical Application of XSLT 2.0
This TechRepublic article presents a C# application that uses the XSLT 2.0 engine included in , the free download containing Altova's XML validating engine and XSLT 1.0, XSLT 2.0, and XQuery 1.0 engines that you can use royalty-free in your own applications.
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