Blue World, developers of Lasso, have thrown their support behind the XML (Extensible Markup Language) format. They have released an XML Developers Kit providing information on how to use Lasso and XML to generate powerful and dynamic web sites. According to Blue World:
Blue World Communications today released Lasso XML Developer Kit, a free development kit providing thorough documentation, examples and templates on how to generate XML (Extensible Markup Language) data using Lasso for both Instant and Custom Web Publishing. What's more, Instant WML Publishing capabilities allow instant access to data retrieved from wireless devices via Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML). Lasso XML Developer Kit also provides support for XML implementations in popular database products such as FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker Pro 5 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
Flexible Custom XML Publishing
Lasso XML Developer Kit provides Lasso format files which automatically convert data retrieved from any Lasso compatible database into XML for display in or data interchange with XML compatible browsers or XML based systems. For example, formatting Lasso powered data into XML facilitates interoperability with enterprise systems which utilize custom or industry specified XML standards for data interchange. Lasso XML Developer Kit provides support for the XML DTDs (Document Type Definition) and XML Schemas specified in FileMaker Pro 5 and SQL Server 2000 easing the process of integration with or migration from these systems. What's more, unlike certain implementations, Lasso XML Developer Kit allows developers to fully specify customized XML DTDs and XML Schemas providing much needed flexibility allowing interoperability with any implementation based upon XML.
Lasso XML Developer Kit provides thorough documentation and commented code examples which demonstrate the function of provided XML DTDs and Schemas in addition to instructions on how to specify custom DTDs and Schemas.
Instant XML and WML Publishing
Lasso XML Developer Kit complements Instant Web Publishing capabilities provided in Lasso Web Data Engine by providing new XML and WML Instant Publishing templates. Instant XML Publishing instantly publishes data from any Lasso powered database in XML. Example XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) transformation stylesheets are provided to extract and format XML data into HTML. Instant WML Web Publishing instantly publishes data from any Lasso powered database in WML for access by WAP compliant wireless devices. Templates for both Instant XML and Instant WML Publishing are fully customizable.
The XML Development Kit is available as a free download to registered users of the latest versions of Lasso products. You can find more information at the Blue World Communications web site.