Add to Your Collection of Development Building Blocks


When it comes to developing sophisticated software and data integration applications, the more building blocks a developer has at his or her disposal, the better. With each release of our developer and server software, we aim to provide customers with unique tools that give them the edge to get the job done – faster, and more efficiently.

To that end, Version 2018 delivers a unique HTTP testing window, 3-way file comparison functionality, support for SQL Templates, super-powered new server options, and much more.

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CbC Reporting Made Easy


A recent mandate from the OECD calls on large, multi-national companies to report financials annually for each country in which they do business to their local tax authority. The OECD requires that this detailed Country by Country (CbC) Report be filed in XML document according to their reporting schema. But for tax departments that work largely in Excel, this provides a significant stumbling block – and companies are scrambling to meet the requirements by the end of 2017.

The new CbC Reporting Solution from Altova takes the pain out of meeting the mandate by automatically generating valid, properly formatted CbC XML reports based on data either entered manually – or imported directly from Excel. Let’s take a look at how it works.

 

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Come Meet Us at Microsoft Ignite or Oracle OpenWorld


It is trade-show season at Altova, and the next few weeks will have us in Orlando, FL and San Francisco, CA!

From Sept. 25-28 we will be in Orlando, Florida at Microsoft Ignite in booth #1649.
From Oct. 2-5 we will be in San Francisco, California at Oracle OpenWorld in booth #4521.

If you are planning on attending either show or are in the area and would like to speak with us in person, come to our booth for a demo of the newest features available in Altova’s developer tools, server software, and to see our cross-platform mobile development solution MobileTogether.

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. We hope to see you there!

 

XPath & XQuery Tutorial for SQL Pros


Prior to starting at Altova I had zero experience with both XPath and XQuery. The first task I was presented with was to train myself on both query languages as quickly as possible and produce a concise video tutorial. It was important to develop a thorough understanding of their features and capabilities because both languages are integral to app development in MobileTogether and querying data in XMLSpy. I started with a strong background in SQL, learning XPath and XQuery by building queries first in SQL, and then determining how to replicate them in both query languages.

 

 

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Text-to-Speech for Mobile Apps


Altova MobileTogether supports text-to-speech functionality for cross-platform mobile apps, empowering developers to add speech and build a rich multi-media user experience.

Speech can be fully integrated with text anywhere it appears in an app. For instance, an app like the Parcel Delivery MobileTogether example can be enhanced by speaking the next delivery address aloud – especially if the driver is in traffic! Or, text in message boxes of other information blocks can also be spoken by the mobile device.

We created a simple demo to experiment with the functionality of text-to-speech for mobile apps then added text-to-speech features to the Parcel Delivery app.

Text-to-speech for mobile apps

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How to Group and Gather in Your Favorite Language


We recently released the free Group & Gather app for organizing events and details with your friends or colleagues.

The latest update of Group & Gather is fully localized in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Now you can organize events in your native language, or the language of a region you’re visiting – you can even switch back and forth. And that’s important, because the people you are inviting might not speak the same language that you’re using on your device.

Let’s see how it works.

 Group & Gather app localized

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Exploring an Unfamiliar Database with DatabaseSpy


Software developers working on a new app, data professionals in a variety of enterprises, and even database administrators often encounter unfamiliar databases and need a database tool to quickly explore tables and relationships.

Altova DatabaseSpy is a unique multi-database query, design, and comparison tool with a graphical database design editor that empowers users exploring an unfamiliar database to quickly visualize tables, relationships, and even datatype definitions that may be unique among database types.

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