Saturday, May 07, 2005

IBM compounds its XML toolset

IBM compounds its XML toolset
A new addition to the Emerging Technologies Toolkit means disparate XML technologies can now be used together
IBM is hoping to push forward adoption of Web technologies like XML, SVG and XForms with an update of its Emerging Technologies Toolkit. The toolkit, based on the open source Eclipse IDE, has been enhanced with a compound document editor, an XML Forms generator and a set of XML tools for Java.

The toolkit is being made available through IBM’s AlphaWorks programme, which often produces leading-edge tools, mostly as a result of research carried out in IBM’s labs. Anthony Kesterton, a Technical Consultant in the Rational division of IBM Software, told Builder UK the company is releasing the toolkit with the aim of spurring on use of XML-related technologies in business applications. "We see things like XML being very important to service-oriented architectures in general. The technology goes out to the developers so they can start building real business systems sooner rather than later."

The compound document editor allows you to create XML documents using a mixture of standards. Some of the languages supported in the editor are XHTML, XForms, XML-Events, SMIL, SVG, VoiceXML, XUL and MathML. While there are editors capable of handling each of these technologies individually, a system that can work with documents formed of several mark-up languages is hard to come by. While use of compound documents is still considered leading-edge technology by many, Kesterton insists that people are ready to use such documents. "I see them being used immediately. These kinds of toolkits get put out because of demand by our customer base. People developing real business applications are looking for this consolidation of XML and other front-end technologies to render them", he commented.
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The toolkit requires Eclipse 3.0, and is available for download from IBM's AlphaWorks site.

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