Monday, 8 March 2010

Another XPath tool to help out with your automated testing

I use XPather to help me write my automated tests, and other people seem to like XPath Checker. But today I needed something a little harder hitting and something which didn’t sit in the browser to help me write some batch processing xml tests. I found SketchPath, a fantastic free .net written tool.

SketchPath has a tree view of the xml document which shows the matches, hints on XPath functions, and a good trace facility. I don’t think I’ve written better XPath statements, so I will certainly use SketchPath again.
And although I have only just started using SketchPath, the developer has created a shiny new replacement in the form of CoherentWeb – a faster and more comprehensive tool, currently free and in Beta.
I seem to look out for new XML tools every 6 months. So if you know of any good free XML tools then I’d love to see your recommendations in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. A brief update: SketchPath has a new name - it's now 'XMLQuire'. It's still free, but is combined now with a light XML Text Editor - hence the name change. The XML Editor part features Virtual Formatting, a new concept, where XML indentation is *fully* automated and entirely separate from XML content - not tabs or spaces are used!

    CoherentWeb is now live and placed as the 'premium' product, with XSLT batch-processing being it's main feature.