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  • From: Scott Price <scottprice@customercentrix.com>
  • To: smessenger@mms.org, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 11:17:46 -0600

Thanks Sean.  That's the kind of feedback I was hoping for.  I appreciate
everyone's replies thus far and would hope for more of the same.  Already,
several list members have sent personal replies that they want to know too.
It is a common interest, and I feel, beneficial to the entire list.

Len's reply was quite right.  The requirements are the most important part
of any solution.  Still, I'm looking for real-world objective opinions of
developers as to what tools they like to use in whatever part of a solution.
Or perhaps which ones to avoid (that might be too sensitive for public

For instance, a programmer is trying to build XML into an app.  An editor
like XMLSpy is very helpful to prototype documents, DTDs, and schemas and
validate before then using JSP/ASP, Java, C++, or whatever procedural tools
to automate the creation and processing of the XML.

I'm sure there are other goodies in the cobblers' toolkits out there.  My
mission is to ferret some of them out for the rest of us. :^ )

Thanks again,

-----Original Message-----
From: smessenger@mms.org [mailto:smessenger@mms.org]
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 9:54 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: Recommended Simple XML Tools


I've found for my needs the only tools I ended up using were XMLSpy (for
quick validation of documents against DTD's), Internet Explorer 5 (for
display), and EditPlus, with XML and XSLT syntax files added on, for actual
XML and XSL page creation. EditPlus was invaluable because it gave me total
control, whilst highlighting the appropriate segments of code for greater
legibility. I was unimpressed the more full-featured XML editors ( I prefer
hand-coding when working with new technology), and found these three tools
in combination were all I needed to code a simple 600-document text-based


Sean Messenger
Senior Internet Developer
Massachusetts Medical Society, www.mms.org
'If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.'

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Scott Price [SMTP:scottprice@customercentrix.com]
> Sent:	Friday, July 21, 2000 10:51 AM
> To:	xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject:	Recommended Simple XML Tools
> Realizing that the world's best XML developers participate in this list,
> would it be appropriate for me to ask for your opinions to garner your
> trench-level knowledge concerning the usage of XML development tools?  It
> is
> not my intent to violate any protocols of the list, but your input could
> benefit many of us who are tired of downloading and installing eval copies
> only to find that the tool is full of bugs or feature-limited (demo only)
> beyond practical evaluation.
> To limit the scope, my primary interest is with simpler tools such as
> editors.  Comments about the virtues of different parsers are welcome, but
> not my focus.  My company teaches introductory XML classes for programmers
> and web designers.  Our approach has been to minimize usage of specialized
> tools in the training environment.  Invariably however, students want to
> know, "What is the best XML editor?".  My response is to the effect,
> "Here's
> a list, you must choose what fits you best."
> The input from this list will be extremely valuable to a whole wave of
> newbies who can benefit from your wisdom (and hard knocks).  Thank you in
> advance,
> Scott Price
> www.CustomerCentrix.com


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