Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Altova MobileTogether

Software engineers have long wanted to create an application once and run it on multiple platforms. With today’s rapidly evolving mobile devices, the problem is even more urgent, as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Surface tablets all compete for developer resources.

If you’re working on apps to communicate with enterprise users, you risk disenfranchising and alienating influential and important subsets of your colleagues when you build for each device sequentially or deliver unequal functionality.

Altova MobileTogether lets you create a cross-platform mobile solution once and deploy it in seconds to all mobile users in the enterprise, who may run it on iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets, Windows Phones, Surface tablets, or even laptop or desktop computers.

And these are not simple .html-based one-size-fits-all Web pages, but true native mobile solutions that take advantage of all the rich interface features users already know, delivering mission-critical data from databases, XML files, or by issuing HTTP requests to remote servers and filtering and formatting the response as necessary.

A mobile sales report application created with MobileTogether

The MobileTogether Designer is an easy-to-use development tool for creating high-quality business intelligence dashboards, interactive reports, enterprise forms, and other mobile applications by using drag-and-drop functionality. You simply drag various controls into the work area and assign data structures and actions to build a cross-platform solution.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Learn About XQuery Update Facility

New in XMLSpy Version 2015 is an innovative implementation of XQuery Update Facility. XQuery Update Facility is an extension of the XQuery language that allows you to make changes in an XML instance using “update expressions” that insert, delete, replace, or rename nodes.

XMLSpy supports both XQuery Update 1.0 and 3.0, which you can select in the XPath/XQuery window.

What makes the XMLSpy implementation so innovative? According to the standard, that the result of an XQuery Update execution is a new XML file based on the original file and the specified modifications. This means that each execution completely reformats the document. XMLSpy lets you skip this intermediary step, because it allows you to make updates directly in the specified XML file(s) without having to create a new file. In this way, XMLSpy provides an intelligent mechanism for implementing XQuery Update via a familiar find-and-replace paradigm. However, because XQuery Update provides for sophisticated updates using the power of FLWOR statements, it overcomes the limitations of find-and-replace and lets you make complex, intelligent XML file modifications quickly and easily.

As you compose your XQuery Update statements, the real-time results pane lets you preview the results of the changes to the affected nodes. Once you’re ready to apply them, you can choose to execute the updates in the current file or across all open files, a folder, or an entire XMLSpy project – with a single click.

See how it all works in this brief video, which walks you quickly through editing XQuery Update expressions in XMLSpy and also serves as a quick tutorial about how XQuery update Facility works if you’re unfamiliar with the syntax.

XQuery Update Facility Editor in XMLSpy


Download XMLSpy to try this new functionality for yourself. Or, watch some more videos of features new in the latest version.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Here We Come!

image The Altova team is on its way to an exciting event next week in San Francisco, Oracle OpenWorld! If you will be there, stop by booth #220 in Moscone South near the database demo grounds from September 29th – October 1st for a demo of Altova’s tools for Oracle users and to see our new cross-platform mobile development solution MobileTogether. image

We would love to hear from you about your latest projects and challenges, collaborate on best  practices or let us show you some of the new exciting things Altova has to offer. While you are at our booth, spin our prize wheel for a chance to win some fun giveaways. We hope to see you next week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

MobileTogether Beta 2 is Now Available

MobileTogether Beta 2 is Now AvailablePacked with new features, the Beta 2 version of Altova MobileTogether is now available for download. If you’ve already participated in the first round of MobileTogether Beta, then you already know how easy it is to create sophisticated app solutions and get them into your end-users’ hands.

But if you’re new to MobileTogether, it works like this: you can connect to your backend data and use the information found in relational databases, XML documents, or on the web to create powerful, cross-platform business solutions, including BI dashboard, electronic forms, and even complex business workflows. Once constructed in the MobileTogether Designer, you can test your solution with the built-in simulator to ensure it works on all devices. Finally, your solution is effortlessly deploy to your end-users on the device of their choice—whether that’s a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop, or all three! What takes other app developing approaches weeks, months, or even a year to complete, takes less than a few days with MobileTogether.

What’s new in Beta 2?

With the release of a new product version, comes a host of new updates. Here is a list of the new features and fixes available in the latest Beta 2 version:

  • Support for SQLite databases
  • Support for dynamic SELECT statements fully generated with XPath/XQuery
  • Automatic retrieval of auto-number primary key after Save action to database
  • Support for data retrieval in DB Execute action
  • Support for user authentication via Windows Active Directory
  • Support for user to choose his own password in client
  • Support for user to change his password on first login
  • Auto-correcting HTML parser
  • Clients translated to German, Spanish, and Japanese
  • New variables: $MT_ButtonBackgroundColor, $MT_ButtonTextColor, $MT_EditFieldBackgroundColor, $MT_SimulationMode, $MT_EditFieldTextColor, $MT_LabelBackgroundColor, $MT_DBExecute_Result
  • New functions: mt-has-serveraccess, mt-refresh-userroles, mt-external-error-code, mt-external-error-text, mt-refresh-userroles

During the Beta period, all three components of the MobileTogether system (the Designer, the Mobile App, and the Server) are available as a free-to-use download. The Beta provides you with a great opportunity to take MobileTogether for a test drive by creating app solutions and then deploying them to your end-users. After the beta period concludes later this year, the Mobile App and Designer will continue to be free to use, and the Server pricing – based on the number of client devices connected – will be extremely affordable.

If you’re a current beta customer, you may need to update your MobileTogether Designer and Server software on the MobileTogether Beta pages. Your MobileTogether Mobile App will be updated through the respective app stores.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

MobileTogether has been in Beta testing for just a few weeks and we have already been garnering a lot of positive feedback. Here is a sample of what your colleagues have told us:

“Excellent approach. The ease with which one can develop data driven apps with this is just amazing.”

“Very effective tool, congratulations!”

“I’ve found MobileTogether very easy to use, even with my lack of experience.”

Isn’t it about time you see what everyone is talking about? Begin your MobileTogether experience now by downloading the Designer. image

Learn more about MobileTogether:
MobileTogether Beta page
MobileTogether Support Forum
MobileTogether Video Demonstrations
MobileTogether product page
MobileTogether intro video
A Gentle Introduction to XPath

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Altova Software Version 2015 Now Available

We are pleased to announce availability of Version 2015 of Altova’s MissionKit desktop developer tools and server software products! In this latest version, you'll find updated standards support across the product line, powerful new support for XQuery Update Facility and previewing the layout of XBRL Tables in real-time in XMLSpy, data mapping support for JSON and XBRL Table Linkbases in MapForce, support for HTML fragments in StyleVision, and much more.

Read on for more details below, and visit the What's New page for more information.

clip_image001We’ve also created brief videos to demonstrate some of these new features.

New in XMLSpy® 2015

  • Intelligent XML file modification with XQuery Update Facility 1.0/3.0 - Watch the video!
  • Support for XQuery Update Facility via XQuery execution
  • Enhanced XSLT 3.0 support
  • XBRL Table layout preview - Watch the video!
  • Building XBRL Formulas visually, via new XBRL Table Preview - Watch the video!
  • Support for US GAAP taxonomy updated to include 2014
  • Significantly optimized support for EBA 2.1 (COREP/FINREP) taxonomies
  • Inclusion of UBL (Universal Business Language) 2.1 Schemas
  • Support for integration with Eclipse 4.4 (adds to support for previous versions)

Powerful new window for writing and previewing results of XQuery Update Facility expressions:

XQuery Update Facility Editor

New in MapForce® 2015

  • JSON support as mapping input and output components
  • XBRL Table Linkbase support
  • Support for US-GAAP 2014 XBRL taxonomy
  • New function replicate-item
  • New FlexText option for Single Split "delimited (line starts with)"
  • Support for integration with Eclipse 4.4 (adds to support for previous versions)
  • Support for German, Spanish, and Japanese languages in format-date function

Support for drag-and-drop JSON data mapping, conversion, and integration:

JSON data mapping in MapForce 2015

New in StyleVision® 2015

  • Option to generate HTML fragments
  • Support for footnotes in RTF, Word, and PDF output
  • Support for US GAAP 2014 taxonomy (adds to support for previous versions)
  • Support for integration with Eclipse 4.4 (adds to support for previous versions)

Altova Server Software Version 2015

Version 2015 of Altova Server Software products provides important new functionality that increases performance, provides new administration options, and delivers updated standards support for XSLT, XQuery Update Facility, and XBRL.

New in RaptorXML® Server 2015

  • Support for XQuery Update Facility 1.0/3.0
  • Extended XSLT 3.0 support
  • Significantly optimized support for EBA 2.1 (COREP/FINREP) taxonomies: up to 100 times faster* for large files, i.e., those bigger than 10 MB
  • Support for US GAAP 2014, adding to support for previous versions

New in FlowForce® Server 2015

  • Ability to move configuration objects (jobs, deployed mappings, credentials, etc.) from one FlowForce Server to another
  • Feature to abort job execution
  • Active Directory integration
  • User password management extensions
  • User privileges report

New in MapForce® Server 2015

  • New API for incorporating MapForce Server functionality in your custom applications

New in StyleVision® Server 2015

  • New API for incorporating StyleVision Server functionality in your custom applications
  • Support for database-based designs (adds to support for XML and XBRL)

Update Now

Altova customers with current SMP (Support and Maintenance) can upgrade to Version 2015 for free. Update now!

Or, if you haven't tried Altova Server Products, a 30-day trial is also available.



*Performance results based on Altova internal tests conducted on a typical selection of files comparing Version 2015 to the prior version of the software. Your results may vary.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet us in Las Vegas to see the future of Mobile!

MobileCon Altova will be in Las Vegas, NV September 9-11th at CTIA's Super Mobility Week. Come see us in booth 7506 in the MobileCon Pavillion to see MobileTogether, our revolutionary new, cross-platform mobile development environment for building mobile app solutions for corporate data. MobileTogether allows you to build one solution for all platforms – in record time – and deploy it seamlessly to all the mobile and desktop devices in your workplace.  

Let our experts show you first hand how instead of cumbersome and time-consuming native app development tools, MobileTogether unifies the development experience by providing a visual designer, a powerful simulator, and a stream-lined deployment process.   

Feeling lucky? While you are at our booth take a spin at the prize wheel in our booth for a chance to win some exciting giveaways!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Automating Data Integration Workflows – Download the E-Book

We’ve published an e-book titled Automating Data Integration Workflows with Altova FlowForce Server that is now available for free download from the Altova Web site. Here is a brief description:

FlowForce Server is a highly-customizable platform to automate data transformations defined by MapForce data mappings, report and document generation, and other tasks on dedicated servers, virtual machines, or workstations scaled for the scope of the project. FlowForce Server empowers data architects, analysts, and other IT professionals to efficiently complete enterprise-level data integration tasks.

Automating Data Integration Workflows with Altova FlowForce Server provides an overview of the Altova FlowForce Server platform through a series of real-world data integration tasks and examples.

Automating Data Integration Workflows with Altova FlowForce Server

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MobileTogether Mobile App Beta Availability

The MobileTogether Beta period is moving along at a brisk pace as more and more users have downloaded the MobileTogether Designer to create custom mobile solutions for their organizations. This easy-to-use mobile development platform just got a lot easier to implement as the MobileTogether Mobile App is now available for download in every major device’s app store.

Once you’ve perfected your first mobile solution in the MobileTogether Designer and run it through the built-in simulator, you’re ready to connect your device to the Designer for further testing. Be sure to follow the steps laid out on the Beta Getting Started page, and then visit the app store for your mobile device to download the free MobileTogether Mobile App:

Download MobileTogether for your Android Device

Download MobileTogether for your Apple Device

Download MobileTogether for your Windows Phone 8

Download MobileTogether for your Windows 8 Device

Please continue to ask questions, share feedback, and collaborate with other users in the MobileTogether Support Forum.

Learn more about MobileTogether:

· MobileTogether Beta page
· MobileTogether Support Forum
· MobileTogether Video Demonstrations
· MobileTogether product page
· MobileTogether intro video
· A Gentle Introduction to XPath

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sign Up Today for MobileTogether Beta

By now you’ve heard of Altova MobileTogether, the new cross-platform, mobile development environment that delivers lightning-quick access to your data via mobile devices. Now we are happy to announce the MobileTogether public beta period, which gives developers an opportunity to test this game-changing system for FREE and render their data into eye-catching mobile solutions, quickly and securely.

The MobileTogether beta period begins July 22, 2014.

Choose MobileTogether Beta for your BYOD needs

Start the beta process by exploring the MobileTogether Beta information page and then downloading the MobileTogether Designer. This is where you will begin building your mobile solutions and discovering what you can accomplish with MobileTogether. From BI dashboards to enterprise forms to department reports and more, MobileTogether is THE choice for your mobile business solutions.

Creating a mobile solution is easy. Forget about learning multiple mobile languages or using Java, .NET, or Objective-C to create a mobile solution. As soon as you open the MobileTogether Designer, you can immediately start creating impressive-looking mobile solutions using drag-and-drop functionality and a bit of XPath or XQuery knowledge. Once you’ve finished, run it through the Designer’s built-in simulator to make sure it works correctly. Get started now.

After you mastered crafting your mobile solutions—help can be found on the video demonstration page as well as in our Gentle Introduction to XPath —download the Mobile App for your mobile device. Then install the MobileTogether Server, which is also known as “Mission Control” for the MobileTogether system. You will then be able to empower your colleagues with the data they need as you deploy the mobile solutions. Full directions for these steps can be found on the MobileTogether Beta Page.

During the beta period, we will be relying on invaluable feedback from customers like you to refine processes and add new features. Please ask questions, share feedback, and collaborate with other users in the MobileTogether Support Forum. For more information, read all about MobileTogether at the MobileTogether page on the Altova web site.

Learn more about MobileTogether:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Installing Altova Server Software in the Cloud

Cloud-first is becoming the new normal. At recent events we have frequently been asked about using Altova Server tools in the cloud. The answer is definitely, go for it. The installation is easy.

In fact, we use Altova Server Software products ourselves for an internal reporting application, installed on local virtualized servers and on an AWS cloud instance. The charts below were generated by StyleVision Server running in the cloud to quickly communicate information about changes in dynamic data.

Charts created by StyleVision Server

StyleVision Server is based on the built-in report and document generation engine developed for StyleVision and renders .SPS stylesheets originally designed in StyleVision, including features like a rich variety of charts to visually represent data.

In this post we will walk through the installation of FlowForce Server, MapForce Server, StyleVision Server, and RaptorXML Server for a complete data integration solution in the cloud.