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

pros:

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

cons:

  • 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

pros:

  • free

cons:

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

<oXygen/> XML Editor 11.2

pros:

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

cons:

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

Altova XMLSpy 2010

pros:

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

cons:

  • 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…

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Indie Pop Heaven

Now this is the Hall of Fame of the best alternative pop (or indie pop) bands. If you want to know how independence sounds here is the place to begin!

Blue Foundation
Stars
Chumbawamba
Saint Etienne
Tracey Thorn
Cocosuma
Morcheeba

The Ting Tings
Ladyhawke
La Roux
The Cardigans
Lilly Allen
Bat for Lashes
Regina Spector
Feist

Empire of the Sun
MGMT

Ladytron
Erlend Oye / Kings of Convenience
Sneaker Pimps

Editors
Doves
White Lies
Kings of Leon
Klaxxons
Muse

Mando Diao
Franz Ferdinans
Kaiser Chiefs

The Blow
I Monster
HK 119
Tegan and Sara
2raumwohnung
A Camp
Air France
Beck
Kent
Everything but the girl
Fantastic Plastic Machine
Goldfrapp
Natalie Imbruglia

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Comparison of Windows Mobile Touch Control Libraries

The title tells it all, this is a Comparison of finger optimized touch screen control kits (with kinetic scrolling) for Windows Mobile 6+

Product name: Mirabyte
Link: http://www.mirabyte. … -suite/features.html
Pros: Cheap, Visual editor support, Tech support, Docs, Community
Cons: Limited feature set, a bit buggy
1 Developer license: 69,95 EUR (binary), 199,95 EUR (source)
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

Product name: SlideUI
Link: http://www.devslide.com/products/slideui
Pros: Feature rich, Visual editor support, Docs, Tech support
Cons: Very Expensive
1 Developer license: 499 USD
5 Developers license: 899 USD
Enterprise license: 1499 USD

Product name: BeeMobile
Link: http://beemobile4.net/?mod=products
Pros: Visual editor support, Good touch list, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Expensive
1 Developer license: 259.95 €
5 Developers license: 519.95 €
Enterprise license: 779.95 €

Product name: Resco
Link: http://www.resco.net … oolkit/overview.aspx
Pros: Most feature rich, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: $749.95
4 Developers license: $1,499.95
Enterprise license: $2,999.95

Product name: Resco
Link: http://www.resco.net … oolkit/overview.aspx
Pros: Most feature rich, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: $749.95
4 Developers license: $1,499.95
Enterprise license: $2,999.95

Product name: Fluid
Link: http://fluid.codeplex.com/
Pros: Free, Many features
Cons: No tech support, No docs, No visual editor support?, Abandoned?
1 Developer license: Free
5 Developers license: Free
Enterprise license: Free

Product name: Silvermoon
Link: http://silvermoon.codeplex.com/
Pros: Free
Cons: Requires OpenGL, No tech support, No docs
1 Developer license: Free
5 Developers license: Free
Enterprise license: Free

Product name: ComponentOne
Link: http://www.component … oducts/StudioMobile/
Pros:
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: 800-1100 $
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

Product name: inGear
Link: http://www.ingeardri … tspda/widgetspda.htm
Pros:
Cons: Strange and highly confusing non-informative website
1 Developer license: 299-999 $
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

A note about being cheap/expensive: surely it won’t hurt a company to pay 500 € for a toolkit it would have to develop on its own, probably consuming a lot more money. However, you’ll think twice and consider the benefits if you have limited to zero budget and you are developing for fun.

And the winner is:
I would rather not bother trying a library without visual designer toolbar support. Otherwise, being a kinetic scrolling touch list the main feature it really does not matter which kit you take. If you need a more sophisticated grid or tree, you’ll probably choose BeeMobile or Resco. But for a simple list I’d take Mirabyte - it is well supported and is really affordable. And don’t blame me for not choosing open source - the free kits are simply not mature enough and hey, we talking about .NET after all…

The bottom line:
Test it before going into deep implementation of your project. Kitenic scrolling lists are cool in an iPhone or Android phone, but can be real painful to use on a Windows Mobile device because of poor touch pressure sensitivity. In some cases you have to use the stylus or you could break a finger…

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