Thursday, August 12, 2010

Comprarison of WSDL and XSD editors

I’ve been looking for the “perfect” WSDL and XML Schema editor for a while. My expectations were…

  • a visual editor, supporting a graphical view of the schema structure
  • support for annotations / documentation nodes
  • WSDL and XSD documentation generation feature (HTML, PDF, RTF, …)

Now let’s see how good the tools are:

Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 3.2.0 for HELIOS


  • free, open source
  • nice clean and feature rich GUI


  • annotations are not shown in the graph view
  • no documentation generation
  • it cannot display the complete type hierarchy, only two levels a time

Netbeans 6.9.1


  • free


  • very basic GUI
  • no documentation generation
  • no annotation support at all

<oXygen/> XML Editor 11.2


  • one of the most advanced XML editors around
  • very attractive visual schema editor
  • highly configurable schma documentation generation


  • no graphical WSDL editor, no support for embedded schema
  • WSDL documentation generation is incomplete (unfinished?)

Altova XMLSpy 2010


  • the big grand daddy of XML editors, it’s “THE XML EDITOR”
  • clean GUI
  • loads of features, invl. WSDL and schema documentation generation


  • I ‘d prefer the GUI and schema documentation generation style of oXygen, though.

And the winner is…

it’s a clear win for XMLSpy 2010, who would’ve guessed…

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