Altova SchemaAgent 2006

Altova SchemaAgent 2006

Altova SchemaAgent 2006 is the compelling new paradigm for modeling and managing advanced schemas and their components in enterprise workgroups. Visualize XML Schema relationships and construct complex schemas from distributed schema elements via its graphical design view. Now in addition to XML Schema files, you can also see schemas used as sources or targets in Altova MapForce data mappings.

One of the most compelling aspects of the XML Schema standard is the ability to construct complex schemas of multiple, smaller schemas using xs:import, xs:include, and xs:redefine statements. This modular approach to schema design promotes the development of schema components upon which organizations can standardize to increase consistency and reduce redundant development efforts.

Despite these advantages, the process of aggregating schemas can become extremely complex and error-prone when the number of schemas involved is large and when multiple users work with the schemas in a team environment. Management of an organization's overall information architecture depends on the ability to easily view the XML Schemas in use and their relationships and connections to other schemas.

Altova has created the unique SchemaAgent 2006 to help developers and information architects visualize, combine, and control their schemas in an intuitive, standards-conformant manner.

SchemaAgent 2006 is a graphical schema administration tool that allows you to view a collection of schemas as a pool of resources. SchemaAgent also allows you to view schemas used as data sources and/or targets in Altova MapForce data mapping designs.

As shown in the diagram above, SchemaAgent 2006 includes the SchemaAgent client and a SchemaAgent Server. The SchemaAgent Server is installed on one computer in your workgroup and can be configured to connect to any standard file repository on your network or on the Internet. Once the SchemaAgent Server is configured with your desired file paths, it builds an internal map of the relationships between all schemas (.XSD) and MapForce mapping design files (.MFD) in the defined server paths. Any number of SchemaAgent clients may connect to the SchemaAgent Server to have access to all these schemas.

Alternatively, for users who don't need to manage schemas in a team environment, the SchemaAgent client can stand alone and function without the SchemaAgent Server installed. This way, a single user can simply specify the required file paths and access XML Schemas and MapForce mappings directly in the SchemaAgent client.

Visualize Your Information Architecture

The unique SchemaAgent client interface displays schema components and relationships in a graphical manner, allowing you to immediately visualize the connections between your information assets. Each schema is displayed in an expandable box with its components organized in a hierarchical tree. Relationships between schemas are indicated by color-coded lines connecting associated components. The SchemaAgent design interface allows you to:
  • Create, save, and print visual schema designs for organizing and managing schema collections intuitively
  • View the structure of the source and/or target schemas of a MapForce data mapping design files and the relationships of these schemas with other schemas
  • View the detailed structure of schema components such as global elements, attributes, complex types, simple types, foreign datatypes, and more
  • View include/import/redefine (IIR) schema relationships indicated by color-coded lines and in greater detail in the component itself
Manage and Reuse Information Assets

In addition to viewing information about and associations between XML Schemas, SchemaAgent 2006 allows you to manage the relationships between schemas in a visual manner. SchemaAgent displays schemas and components as graphical objects and supports drag-and-drop functionality for updating or creating schema relationships, making it easy to manage and reuse your schema assets. SchemaAgent only presents you the schema management functions that are applicable in a given context, so it's next to impossible to make an error. The intelligent SchemaAgent management features allow you to:
  • Manage single or multiple schemas as schema components
  • Automatically create, update, or delete IIR references between schemas with simple drag and drop functionality
  • Propagate changes made in one schema (e.g., rename or move) to all other schemas that reference it in the workspace
  • Access all schemas and schema components in the SchemaAgent search path while editing schemas in the Schema View of Altova XMLSpy 2006
These features greatly reduce the complexity associated with schema development and enable the efficient, standards-conformant reuse of information assets.

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