Justsystem Relies on Java to Make XML Easier to Use
Justsystem, one of Japan’s largest software companies, is making its
first foray into the U.S. market with an integrated XML development, runtime
and authoring environment and two toolkits.
The development environment, which the company has tagged as xfy Basic Edition
1.0, is the first available that allows developers to author, edit and render
any XML document containing diverse XML elements such as text, images and tables
as a single data set, says Hideki Hiura, COO and chief scientist at the company’s
newly opened strategy office in Palo Alto. xfy (pronounced x-fi), was developed
entirely in Java, and therefore integrates seamlessly with most other application
platforms, Hiura says.
The new environment extends XML from servers to clients, making it possible
to create a variety of desktop and mobile apps based on XML.
xfy allows for the unlimited nesting of XML vocabularies, enabling developers
to build compound documents of any scale and scope within a single environment,
Hiura says. The environment is dynamic, so that updates to XML data appear in
the xfy interface in real-time.
The environment has three components: XML Document Authoring, XML Application
Runtime and XML Development Environment.
In addition, the company offers two development tools: xfy Developer’s
Toolkit and xfy View Designer, which the company says enables developers and
end users to build applications quickly. The developer toolkit consists of a
debugger, code samples and a test environment. The company says this development
and runtime utility enables developers to execute XVCDs without having to register
them in the system as components. The advantage, Hiura says, is that end-user
apps can be created faster than previously thought possible.
The view designer enables end users without programming skills to create their
own applications for everything from creating maps that interactively display
the migratory patterns of birds to generating customized order-entry forms on
the fly, Hiura says.
Because xfy is based on Java, developers are able to add functions to their
xfy apps that are beyond the scope of XML and incorporate them into these apps.
xfy Basic Edition is in beta and is available as a free download from xfytec.
The commercial version will ship in October, the company says.