Saturday, June 21, 2008

XML tools for Eclipse

I was searching for some freeware tools for authoring XML and XSD documents. But my bad search inputs didn't return any good results.

So I planned out to create this tooling myself. I decided to use Eclipse as the platform for this, as it is quite robust and very popular.

After few days of effort, I ended up with a very basic prototype. The details are available at, But still lot of work needs to be done on this code base to make it really useful for XML developers, particularly the content assist functionality which is presently missing.

I posted my thoughts about this on xml-dev list.

Dave Carver on xml-dev list suggested to me that there already exists such a tooling. It's the "Web Tools Platform (WTP)" for Eclipse.

I gave WTP a try. Personally speaking, I found it very good. It already has lot's of things that I need in XML GUI tools. Moreover, it's free and open source.

I have now kept WTP in my toolset to author XML, XSD and DTD documents. If required, I might try to tweak it's source code to do something new.


David Carver said...

You'll also be interested in the XSL Tools editor and debugger plugins.

This is scheduled to be integrated in WTP 3.1 this spring.

Mukul Gandhi said...

Thanks, David for the information. I already have tried Eclipse XSLT tooling few days back, and found it good.

I'll again give it a try in WTP 3.1.

Thanks and best wishes for all the work, you and your team is doing with these nice plugins.