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VS2005 vs XMLSpy

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Hi there!
A "special" project team in our department has decided to purchase XMLSpy.
We standardize on VS2005 as our IDE and up to now everyone has used the XML
parser in VS2005.
Are there advantages to using XMLSpy over VS2005? Apparently there are
"integration diagrams" that VS2005 does not have natively.
Does someone have a link or a MVP have some comparison I could have?
Warmly
Adrian
Jan 15 '07 #1
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Gumby,

Having used both XmlSpy and vs2005, I'd sooner cut off my legs than go
without XMLSpy.

Some things that are hard to do in VS2005:

1. Xslt Transformations (just hit F10 in XMLSpy and you're ready to go).
2. GOOD XSD diagrams and Schema design.(XMLSpys are outstanding--far better
than VS2005).
3. Better PrettyPrinting with documents with no CRLFs.
4. Much easier XML editing (you can put it in a grid and just start
typing).
5. VS2005 integration--they have a plugin that replaces all of the VS20005
XML features, so you get the best of both worlds.
6. Intellisense for xslts and schemas and the xml.

Their choice for using XMLSpy is a good one. I highly recommend it.

Robert

"Gumby" <aa******@bigpond.net.auwrote in message
news:ev**************@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
Hi there!
A "special" project team in our department has decided to purchase XMLSpy.
We standardize on VS2005 as our IDE and up to now everyone has used the
XML parser in VS2005.
Are there advantages to using XMLSpy over VS2005? Apparently there are
"integration diagrams" that VS2005 does not have natively.
Does someone have a link or a MVP have some comparison I could have?
Warmly
Adrian

Jan 18 '07 #2

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Depends what version of VS 2005 you are talking about, but the professional
version has built in XSLT support, with debugger, and full intellisense for
XSLT, XSD and any XML format that has associated DTD, XDR or XSD schemas.
It also has auto-formatting, schema generated dynamic XML snippets, and much
more -- see http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...10(VS.80).aspx.
The Express version of VS 2005 have the XML editor, but no XSLT debugger.

"Robert May" <ra****************@hotmail.comwrote in message
news:eo**************@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
Gumby,

Having used both XmlSpy and vs2005, I'd sooner cut off my legs than go
without XMLSpy.

Some things that are hard to do in VS2005:

1. Xslt Transformations (just hit F10 in XMLSpy and you're ready to go).
2. GOOD XSD diagrams and Schema design.(XMLSpys are outstanding--far
better than VS2005).
3. Better PrettyPrinting with documents with no CRLFs.
4. Much easier XML editing (you can put it in a grid and just start
typing).
5. VS2005 integration--they have a plugin that replaces all of the
VS20005 XML features, so you get the best of both worlds.
6. Intellisense for xslts and schemas and the xml.

Their choice for using XMLSpy is a good one. I highly recommend it.

Robert

"Gumby" <aa******@bigpond.net.auwrote in message
news:ev**************@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
>Hi there!
A "special" project team in our department has decided to purchase
XMLSpy. We standardize on VS2005 as our IDE and up to now everyone has
used the XML parser in VS2005.
Are there advantages to using XMLSpy over VS2005? Apparently there are
"integration diagrams" that VS2005 does not have natively.
Does someone have a link or a MVP have some comparison I could have?
Warmly
Adrian


Jan 19 '07 #3

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"Robert May" <ra****************@hotmail.comwrote in message
news:eo**************@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
Gumby,

Having used both XmlSpy and vs2005, I'd sooner cut off my legs than go
without XMLSpy.

Some things that are hard to do in VS2005:

1. Xslt Transformations (just hit F10 in XMLSpy and you're ready to go).
2. GOOD XSD diagrams and Schema design.(XMLSpys are outstanding--far
better than VS2005).
3. Better PrettyPrinting with documents with no CRLFs.
4. Much easier XML editing (you can put it in a grid and just start
typing).
5. VS2005 integration--they have a plugin that replaces all of the
VS20005 XML features, so you get the best of both worlds.
6. Intellisense for xslts and schemas and the xml.

Their choice for using XMLSpy is a good one. I highly recommend it.

Robert
Thanks Robert
Jan 20 '07 #4

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"Chris Lovett" <cl*****@nospam.pleasewrote in message
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Depends what version of VS 2005 you are talking about, but the
professional version has built in XSLT support, with debugger, and full
intellisense for XSLT, XSD and any XML format that has associated DTD, XDR
or XSD schemas. It also has auto-formatting, schema generated dynamic XML
snippets, and much more -- see
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...10(VS.80).aspx. The Express
version of VS 2005 have the XML editor, but no XSLT debugger.
Thanks Chris
Jan 20 '07 #5

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Liquid XML Studio contains a comprehensive graphical XSD editor, and
best of all its FREE. We've been using it for quite a bit as our
company won't stump up the cash for xmlspy. Its done pretty much
everything we've wanted it to, and our schemas are pretty complex. I
think the url is http://www.liquid-technologies.com.

Cheers James

On Jan 15, 11:23 am, "Gumby" <aadri...@bigpond.net.auwrote:
Hi there!
A "special" project team in our department has decided to purchaseXMLSpy.
We standardize on VS2005 as our IDE and up to now everyone has used the XML
parser in VS2005.
Are there advantages to usingXMLSpyover VS2005? Apparently there are
"integration diagrams" that VS2005 does not have natively.
Does someone have a link or a MVP have some comparison I could have?
Warmly
Adrian

Mar 4 '07 #6

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