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Altova MissionKit Version 2016

Available September 30, 2015, Version 2016 introduces innovative new functionality including the first enterprise-grade graphical JSON Schema editor, the revolutionary, long-anticipated MapForce Debugger for diagnosing and perfecting data mapping projects, Windows 10 support, updated database support, and much more.

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Altova Server Products 2016

Version 2016 of Altova Server Software products provides support for high-speed JSON validation, Windows 10, new relational database types, and much more.

Update to the latest version of your Altova software now, or read on below to learn about all the new features.

v2016 is a free upgrade for any customer with a valid Support and Maintenance Package.

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New in XMLSpy Version 2016

New in XMLSpy 2016EnterpriseProfessional
JSON Schema editor and validator..
Generation of JSON Schema from JSON instance..
JSON instance validation and entry helpers based on JSON Schema ..
Mass XML to JSON converter ..
Executing XSLT & XQuery transformations on installed RaptorXML Servers ..
High performance JSON validation via installed RaptorXML Server ..
Windows 10 support..
Support for Firebird databases ..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions ..
Visual Studio integration updated to include VS 2015 ..


JSON Schema Editor and Validator

XMLSpy 2016 introduces the first full-featured, graphical, drag and drop JSON Schema editor to greatly speed schema generation, development, and validation for developers working with JSON. (See screenshot below.)

XMLSpy has long supported intelligent JSON editing, as well as easy conversion between JSON documents and XML documents. Now, you'll be able to utilize the graphical schema design paradigm pioneered by XMLSpy for XML Schema – this time to build JSON Schemas in an intuitive, visual manner.

As the popularity of JSON as a simple, non-verbose data exchange format has grown, so has the need for a schema to define and enforce the structure of that data for a particular application. This led to the introduction of a JSON Schema specification. And while some basic editors are available for JSON Schema development, they’re generally text-based and rudimentary. XMLSpy changes all this, providing a JSON Schema editor and validator with all the advanced functionality developers expect.

You can start from scratch with a new schema document in XMLSpy, or generate a JSON Schema from an existing JSON instance and customize it as required. JSON Schema View will be immediately familiar to XMLSpy customers who’ve used XML Schema View and are now learning to design JSON Schemas, while at the same time being easy to comprehend for new users. It is comprised of the main window, where you can toggle between the Definitions Overview and Design View for each node. Three entry helper windows make it easy to visualize information about the schema and its definitions and enter information and values related to definitions.

Strong validation of JSON Schemas as well as instance documents against JSON Schemas is provided, with error messages listed in the interactive Messages window.

JSON Schema generator
JSON Schema editor

Generation of JSON Schema from Instance

In addition to graphical creation and editing of JSON schemas, you can generate a valid schema from an existing JSON document. Simply open your JSON document and select Generate Schema from the DTD/Schema menu.

The Generate JSON Schema dialog (shown above) will open, allowing you to modify settings, if required, before XMLSpy generates the schema.

The JSON Schema generation functionality in XMLSpy 2016 is a great way to jumpstart schema development.

JSON Instance Validation & Editing Based on JSON Schema

The existing JSON editor in XMLSpy is greatly enhanced thanks to support for JSON Schema in Version 2016. Now developers have access to the same intelligent entry helpers and editing guidance provided for XML as they code JSON files in Text View or Grid View, including context sensitive entry helpers, code completion, and schema-based validation. (Screenshot right.)

Entry helpers are available in windows as well as drop down menus, making it easy to select valid editing options. Any validation errors are reported in the multi-tabbed, interactive Messages window with hotlinks to errors as well as the related schema definition.

JSON editor

Executing XSLT & XQuery Transformations via RaptorXML Server

Starting with Version 2015r4 of XMLSpy, we offered users the option to run large validation jobs on RaptorXML Servers installed on the same network to increase validation speeds exponentially.

Now, it’s also possible to harness the benefits realized from the parallel processing on multi-core RaptorXML Servers for lightning-fast XSLT and XQuery execution – directly inside XMLSpy. Imagine how much time you’ll save when large XSLT and XQuery jobs complete up to 14 times faster!

To measure this performance increase*, we compared execution speeds in XMLSpy alone on a typical developer's machine: Win7 32bit, Core2 Duo E8600 3.3GHz (2 cores), 4GB RAM, against validation speeds using a common RaptorXML Server configuration: Linux server 64bit, Xeon E5-2630 2.3GHz (12 cores), 128GB RAM, from inside XMLSpy over a 1 GB network.

Simply right click to select a project folder or an entire project to initiate an XSLT transformation or XQuery execution job on RaptorXML Server.

This increased synergy makes RaptorXML Server even more useful for development teams, because they can now take advantage of a single shared RaptorXML Server to all but torch previously time-consuming transformation jobs for large numbers of documents, all inside XMLSpy.



*Performance results based on Altova internal tests. Your results may vary.

High Performance JSON Validation via Installed RaptorXML Server

As with executing XSLT or XQuery jobs on RaptorXML Server, developers may now opt to run large JSON (instance or schema) validation jobs on RaptorXML Server from inside XMLSpy for extremely fast execution. Simply select Validate on Server from the XMLSpy toolbar or Project right-click menu.

High speed XSLT or XQuery

Mass XML to JSON Conversion

XMLSpy has long supported XML-to-JSON and JSON-to-XML conversion, and now it also allows you to convert multiple XML files to JSON at once via the Project window. This makes XMLSpy’s excellent XML to JSON converter even more useful for large jobs.

Windows 10 Support

XMLSpy 2016 is the first release of the XML editor rated with full compatibility with Windows 10.

Updated Database Support

Support for relational database types across the product line has been updated to include support for Firebird databases. In addition, existing support for numerous databases across the product line has been updated to include the newest versions: IBM DB2 10.5, SQL Server 2014, PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6, and Oracle 12C.

Support for Visual Studio 2015

XMLSpy supports seamless integration with the Visual Studio IDE, and that support now also includes Visual Studio 2015.

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New in MapForce Version 2016

New in MapForce 2016EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Interactive data mapping debugger..
Support for Firebird databases..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions ..
Visual Studio integration updated to include VS 2015 ..
Windows 10 support...
New functions: min-string and max-string...


Data Mapping Debugger

MapForce 2016 introduces a revolutionary interactive debugger to assist with data mapping design. The debugger allows users to single step through a mapping and see the data actually flow from the sources to the target nodes step by step along the way. The MapForce debugger is supported with new menu commands, a special toolbar, and new helper windows that are opened automatically while the debugger is running, so users can trace the intermediate processing operations and examine data values during mapping execution.

In the image at right, the highlighted word “true” indicates the last generated value before execution paused at a breakpoint. Other intermediate data values are also displayed directly on the data mapping window.

The MapForce data mapping debugger gives users deep insight into the exact inner workings of data integration and ETL projects in a way that was never possible before, not even in much higher-cost mapping products.

MapForce 2016 data mapping debug overview

Setting Debug Breakpoints

The MapForce 2016 debugger supports breakpoint functionality that will be familiar to developers experienced at debugging source code. Breakpoints can be placed on any input or output node, to pause mapping execution at that point, and conditional breakpoints are supported.

MapForce 2016 debug breakpoint dialog

Debug by Steps

MapForce 2016 supports several commands for stepping with various levels of granularity to manually debug a data mapping or continue execution after a breakpoint is reached, allowing users to view as much detail as they need.

MapForce 2016 debug history window

Dig into Debugging History

New debug helper windows open automatically and provide more information about everything that occurred during execution.

The user can select any point in the mapping and the History window will display a list of every value that passed through that point during execution.

View Partial Output

During a debugging session users can switch back and forth between the Mapping window and Output window to examine partial output generated so far, as seen at right.

If debugging reveals errors or flaws in the mapping design, the user can stop immediately, modify the mapping as necessary, then debug again to view the new output.

MapForce 2016 debug partial output window

Support for Visual Studio 2015

MapForce supports seamless integration with the Visual Studio IDE to integrate data mappings into larger development projects, and that support now also includes Visual Studio 2015.

Windows 10 Support

As with other the products in the Altova MissionKit product line, MapForce 2016 is fully compatible with Windows 10.

 

Or, if you’re already a MapForce user, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in StyleVision Version 2016

New in StyleVision 2016EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Windows 10 support...
Support for Firebird databases..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions ..
Visual Studio integration updated to include VS 2015 ..


Windows 10 Support

As with other the products in the Altova MissionKit product line, StyleVision 2016 is fully compatible with Windows 10.

New Database Support

Firebird databases are now supported for database report generation in the latest version of StyleVision. In addition, existing support for databases has been updated to include the newest versions: IBM DB2 10.5, SQL Server 2014, PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6, and Oracle 12C.

 

Or, if you’re already a StyleVision user, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in Authentic Version 2016

New in Authentic 2016EnterpriseCommunity
Windows 10 support..
Support for Firebird databases..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions ..
Visual Studio integration updated to include VS 2015 ..


Windows 10 Support

Windows 10 support is now available in Authentic 2016.

New Database Support

Authentic now supports the same databases supported by StyleVision, described above, including new support for Firebird.

 

Or, if you’re already an Authentic user, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in UModel Version 2016

New in UModel 2016EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for C# 5...
Support for Java 8...
Support for Firebird databases..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions ..
Visual Studio integration updated to include VS 2015 ..
Windows 10 support...


Updated Programming Language Support

UModel 2016 now supports C# 5 and Java 8 for code generation, round-trip engineering, and reverse-engineering UML models from code for these new language versions. Integration with Visual Studio 2015 allows automatic, real-time synchronization between the UModel project and source code as developers work in either the UML model or source code editor.

New Database Support

Firebird databases can now be modeled as UML database diagrams, including importing existing databases to create models and generating database change scripts reflecting revisions to models. In addition, existing support for databases has been updated to include the newest versions: IBM DB2 10.5, SQL Server 2014, PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6, and Oracle 12C.

 

Or, if you’re already a UModel user, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in DatabaseSpy Version 2016

New in DatabaseSpy 2016EnterpriseProfessional
Support for Firebird databases..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions ..
Windows 10 support..


New Database Support

DatabaseSpy 2016 adds full support for Firebird databases, includes browsing existing tables, SQL query generation, data import and export, database design, and database schema and content comparisons. In addition, existing support has been updated to include the newest versions: IBM DB2 10.5, SQL Server 2014, PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6, and Oracle 12C.

Databases listed in the Altova DatabaseSpy Connection Wizard
 

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New in DiffDog Version 2016

New in DiffDog 2016EnterpriseProfessional
Support for Firebird databases.
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions .
Windows 10 support..


New Database Support

Firebird databases are now supported for database schema and content comparison in the latest version of DiffDog. In addition, existing support for databases has been updated to include the newest versions: IBM DB2 10.5, SQL Server 2014, PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6, and Oracle 12C.

Windows 10 Support

As with other the products in the Altova MissionKit product line, DiffDog 2016 is fully compatible with Windows 10.

 

Or, if you’re already a DiffDog user, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in RaptorXML Server 2016

New in RaptorXML Server 2016
Support for JSON Schema validation
Support for validating JSON instances against JSON Schema
Support for syntax checking of JSON instances
Support for Windows 10
Support for new Linux versions: Debian 8 & Ubuntu 15


JSON Support

JSON and JSON Schema have been added to the long list of standards supported by RaptorXML Server, which now provides validation of JSON Schemas against the schema spec as well as validation of JSON instances against their JSON Schema – all at lightning fast speeds. The ability to validate both XML and JSON on the same server is a huge advantage.

Updated OS Version Support

RaptorXML Server can now be run on Windows 10 as well as Debian 8 and Ubuntu 15.

 

Or, if you’re already a RaptorXML Server customer, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in FlowForce Server 2016

New in FlowForce Server 2016
Support for RaptorXML+XBRL Server 2016, MapForce Server 2016, and StyleVision Server 2016
Support for Windows 10
Support for new Linux versions: Debian 8 & Ubuntu 15


Updated OS Version Support

FlowForce Server can now be run on Windows 10 as well as Debian 8 and Ubuntu 15.

FlowForce Server on the Altova Blog

Click the links below to read more about FlowForce Server:

 

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New in MapForce Server 2016

New in MapForce Server 2016
Support for new database features listed above for MapForce 2016
Support for Windows 10
Support for new Linux versions: Debian 8 & Ubuntu 15


MapForce Server and MapForce

MapForce Server automates execution of data mappings designed in MapForce and consequently supports identical data transformation functionality. Please see the MapForce section above for a detailed description of new functionality in MapForce 2016.

Updated OS Version Support

MapForce Server can now be run on Windows 10 as well as Debian 8 and Ubuntu 15.

 

Or, if you’re already a MapForce Server customer, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.

New in StyleVision Server 2016

New in StyleVisionForce Server 2016
Support for new features listed above for StyleVision 2016
Support for Windows 10
Support for new Linux versions: Debian 8 & Ubuntu 15


StyleVision Server and StyleVision

StyleVision Server automates dynamic report, document, and eForms generation based on stylesheets and supporting design elements designed and uploaded by StyleVision and therefore supports identical output functionality. Please see the StyleVision section above for a detailed description of new functionality on StyleVision 2016.

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