If you need help with any of the techniques described below, feel free to contact our support team.
For a more comprehensive solution that will let you generate, accept and exchange XML (and other types of message) with your trading partners, see our EDIHub Datasheet.
Why create an XML file? Because the use of XML, for a wide variety of purposes, is becoming increasingly widespread and the ability to generate XML from spooled files and database files is likely to be a major advantage to any system i shop that wants to trade electronically in the future.
Why create the files on your system i? Because that’s usually where the data is and because creating them there makes everybody’s life easier.
CoolSpools lets you create XML files from your system i data right on the system i itself.
No PC is required to create the files, so you can integrate their creation with your overnight batch jobs and there’s no need to rely on your users to run file transfers at the right time.
Of course, once you’ve created the files on the system i, your users can access them from a PC. That’s easy, and there are several choices for how to do it (more…).
With CoolSpools the process of creating XML files from your system i data can be made:
There are two types of system i data you can choose to convert to XML format:
Spooled files (printer output)
Database files (physical, logical and DDM files)
Both of these product options let you enhance the appearance of your XML output using styles to apply color, fonts, borders etc.
You can either use your own stylesheet or have CoolSpools generate a CSS or XSLT stylesheet for you.
You can also either associate your own schema with the XML you produce or have CoolSpools generate a DTD or XSD schema for you.