ANNOUNCE: Deliver XML into Excel w/o Programming

Dan Adler adan at
Fri Jul 2 20:32:07 BST 1999

Beta versions of the Inventure Data Browser (IDB) for Excel are available
for free download at

The IDB is a set of analytic application add-ins that allow you to deliver
XML and other forms of structured and unstructured Data and Analytics to
intranet/internet end-users with no client-side programming. Analytics refer
to local or remote functions which can bind to different implementations

End-users graphically navigate, within their host applications, to XML-based
Meta-Analytic Definition documents on the web or intranet, which
automatically drive the entire interaction within the host application.

In the current version, you can create Analytic definitions for various
executors of Analytics:
1. HTML web pages (including auto-mapping of forms)
2. XML data (somewhat limited at this stage, no DTD/Schema, just result-set
type data). The XML data executor uses HTTP-Form posting, so you can use any
Servlet/ASP to create the interaction and simply return data in well-formed
XML. There are many examples on the developer web site.
3. Excel analytics - turn any spreadsheet into an Analytic
4. Java-based analytics - bi-directional java-stream interaction from
Servlets or App servers into Excel without writing any client-side COM/VBA

More executors, other host environments, and better XML handling are on the

Full details and samples for developers are available at:


Dan  Adler, CTO
Inventure Technologies
30 Broad St. 22nd Floor, NY, NY 10004

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