Altova Inc., Beverly, Mass., has released upgraded versions of its line of XML development tools as well as a new data-mapping tool.
The new Altova 2004 product line consists of XMLspy 2004, Authentic 2004, Stylevision 2004 and Mapforce 2004, a visual data-mapping tool with code generation capabilities for XML and database integration projects.
Mapforce 2004 generates data-mapping code in output languages, such as XSLT and Java, to enable XML-to-XML or database-to-XML data transformations. Using Mapforce, data architects can convert data into XML from any database by drawing visual mappings from relational databases to any data model expressed in XML Schema. Mapforce then auto-generates the software program code required to programmatically marshal data from the source database to the target XML Schema. The data can then be transformed from one XML format to another, by visually drawing mappings between different XML Schema data models.
Altova said Mapforce is interoperable across different platforms, servers, programming languages and database environments.