Use XPath regular expressions to search in XML data

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The XML ValidatorBuddy editor provides a convenient search and replace window where you can quickly find any text in your XML or JSON data. But sometimes you want to have more control on where you are actually searching for a special string. Maybe you want to search only in XML attribute values or you want to get all elements with a… Read more »

How to debug Schematron validation

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How to debug Schematron

A Schematron validator is a powerful tool to run business rules for your XML data and to check conditions that are not supported using W3C schema. Schematron uses a lot of XPath and the validator is based on XSLT to apply all rules to the XML instance. But often it is not easy to debug a Schematron check if it does not work… Read more »

Transforming the XML validator batch log to HTML

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Having the results of the XML validator batch log output in XML format is nice but if you want to show the results to someone else you might prefer to use HTML. You can also publish the HTML documents automatically on your server and anyone who has access to the HTML can check the validation status of all XML data. XML… Read more »

Call XML validator for all *.xml files in folder

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I played around with the freeware AutoIt to create some scripts for XML Validator Buddy to automate certain validator tasks. As a first idea I wanted to call the XML validator for all files with *.xml as extension clicking a single button. The following steps are required: I had to fill the find field with “*.xml”. Send ENTER to the… Read more »

Tales from Support: Java VM not found

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Sometimes people get a Java loading error on using the Schematron validator in XML ValidatorBuddy for the very first time. In addition the editor shows a warning in the Results window if Java can’t be loaded on starting the application. Usually it has one of three reasons if the Java runtime can’t be loaded: There is no Java runtime installed. In this… Read more »

Editor and validator for large XML

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Here are some figures to show how fast you can open and inspect huge XML data in XML Validator Buddy. We are using the massachusetts.osm (OpenStreetMap data) XML document which has a size of 2.5 GB and about 39 million lines of text. In XML ValidatorBuddy you can open it in the Large File Viewer window in 34s. You can do a complete… Read more »

Schematron: Check for unique attribute and element values

Based on customer feedback I want to post some solutions for two very common Schematron checks. The first rule is an assertion to report if all values of an attribute are unique for all elements (within the same parent). Simply open XML ValidatorBuddy, create a new Schematron schema and add the following rule in the editor: <iso:pattern id=”unique name attributes”>… Read more »

JSON well-formed checking

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check json well-formed

Whenever you create some JSON output and want to make sure that the generated data is really parsable you can take the XML ValidatorBuddy editor to quickly check one or many JSON files with just a few clicks. Select the JSON documents you want to check in the built-in File Explorer window of XML ValidatorBuddy and use the “Check if JSON well-formed”… Read more »

XML – JSON converter

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XML to JSON options dialog

Starting with release 4.0 of XML ValidatorBuddy the editor also offers an XML to JSON converter. You can do conversions from XML to JSON and also from JSON to XML with a single click. To convert multiple XML files use the built-in File Explorer window and select the documents you want to convert. Afterwards start the conversion with the “Convert XML to JSON” command… Read more »