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Re: [xml-dev] XML Zebra, a path-based tool for generating diff fingerprints for XML Schemas


Its perhaps worth pointing out that the Java version appears to
require at least 1.6 (for XMLOutputFactory).

I ran the example and it produced the paths.xml.

Now what ??


2010/1/17 Anthony B. Coates (XML-Dev) <abcoatesecure-xmldev@yahoo.co.uk>:
> I have written a tool (in Scala) that can be used to check the differences
> between versions of a set of W3C XML Schemas.  The tool can be run with
> Scala, Java, or Apache Ant.  The idea is that for each version, you create
> a fingerprint file that contains paths (like XPaths, but with an extended
> syntax).  By comparing the two fingerprint files for two versions, you can
> see what has changed between the versions of the Schemas.  The tools makes
> use of the XMLBeans API for examining the structure of W3C XML Schemas.
> How does this differ from just doing diffs of the individual Schema files
> themselves?  The difference is that the path-based approach shows you not
> only what has changed, but also shows all of the places that are directly
> or indirectly impacted by the change.  Also, the path-based approach
> ignores restructurings that don't impact users, like renaming of Schema
> types or moving of definitions to a different Schema file.  Put another
> way, the path-based approach allows you to evaluate how the Schemas have
> changed from a user-impact perspective, rather than from a simple
> file-change perspective.
> The software is open source, released under the Apache licence.  For more
> details, and to download it, see
> http://www.xmlzebra.com/
> There will be a presentation about this software at the XML Prague 2010
> conference, 13-14 March.
> http://www.xmlprague.cz/2010/index.html
> Feedback would be very welcome.  Thanks,
> Cheers, Tony.
> --
> Anthony B. Coates
> Director and CTO
> Londata Ltd
> abcoates@londata.com
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