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Creative Modeler is a full-featured diagramming environment that can be extended to create any type of diagram. It includes a data translation engine that facilitates the editing and conversion of data in any structured file format into any other structured file format (XML or non-XML). The automation API is based on .NET and XML/XSL. This article will discuss how Creative Modeler can be used to edit arbitrary data in a visual format. Data Translation The data translation engine built into Creative Modeler supports converting data from source (non-XML) formats into XML formats, and back again. It also supports converting XML formats into other XML formats via XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations). To convert non-XML into XML, users create a grammar file, in a variant of Chomsky normal form (for more information on the Chomsky normal form, refer to the... (more)

Beyond the Trinity

Thankfully, the myth that Web services standards begin and end with SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI is fast dissolving. Most developers now appreciate that mission-critical Web services must also extend to include standards in security, resource management, remote application access, choreography, semantics, and much more. A number of consortia and industry groups are defining the expanding scope of Web services standards. The two major standards-setting bodies for Web services are the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Stand... (more)