Data Management Blog: SchemaLightener turns 4 years old ... and still free!


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SchemaLightener turns 4 years old ... and still free!

The initial release of the SchemaLightener was four years ago this month.  And I've been getting requests for it every week since.  When I started, I didn't think it would last this long, but its taken on a life of its own.  I simply wanted to work with libraries of schemas easier.  I'd been frustrated at the inability of tools to lighten or flatten them.  So I made my own.  Four years on, I'm still happy to be getting requests and great feedback.  It's being used in over 19 countries and is still free.

It was a simple design, built with XSLT 1.0.  And now, its been updated and includes a nice GUI interface, sample data, batch files, and an ANT task as well.  The most important developments of course have been the expansion into three tools in one.  The Lightener surely does lighten schemas, providing sample based profiling of a larger data model.  But the addition of the SchemaFlattener makes working with schemas much easier as well.  It takes a tangled web of includes and condenses them down into the smallest number of files necessary (one per namespace).  The WSDLFlattener, a third tool, does the same thing for WSDL files.  Merging files to the minimum so they can be managed more easily.

The tool has been tested with many consortium libraries including  OAGi – Open Application Group –, Swift – Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication –, NIEM – National Information Exchange Model –, HR-XML – Human Resources XML –, OTA – Open Travel Alliance –, ACORD – Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development  –, STAR – Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail –  Plus countless company libraries and extensions.

So if you're interested in getting a copy, just send me an email.  No spam or mailing list risk - so don't worry about getting hit with unwanted mail.  And thanks for all the coffee and support over the years!

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