OGC xml schemas to c# classes using xsd.exe

The process of generating c# classes off the xsd is usually rather simple. One needs the xsd.exe utility (for example located here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1A\bin\NETFX 4.5.1 Tools) and then a simple command to get things done:

xsd schema.xsd /c

Sometimes there may be some problems though with missing refs, namespaces and such.

In this example, I will generate classes for WMS 1.3.0 based on the OGC schemas - it is possible to grab them one by one, or all the goodies wrapped as a zip archive.

I have extracted WMS 1.3.0 schemas to f:\wms\schemas, so my command should look like this when in f:\wms (I have copied xsd.exe there too):

xsd schemas\capabilities_1_3_0.xsd /c

Unfortunately there are some problems and classes do not get generated:

The problem here is caused by unresolved references. Xsd was not able to find xlink.xsd. Although there is a xlink schema in OGC repo, this is not the one we're after. The one in question is the mentioned http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink, and its schema definition is http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink.xsd, pretty much as defined in the very beginning of the capabilities_1_3_0.xsd I am trying to process:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema targetNamespace="http://www.opengis.net/wms" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xmlns:wms="http://www.opengis.net/wms" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" elementFormDefault="qualified" version="">
		WMS is an OGC Standard.
		Copyright (c) 2004,2010 Open Geospatial Consortium.
		To obtain additional rights of use, visit http://www.opengeospatial.org/legal/ .

	<import namespace="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" schemaLocation="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink.xsd"/>

Unfortunately xsd.exe does not resolve the import automatically, so in order to make it work I just copied the xlinx.xsd to my schemas folder and specified it in the command:

xsd schemas\xlink.xsd schemas\capabilities_1_3_0.xsd /c

Looks like this did the trick and the classes got generated as expected. The complete set of files is here: 

ogc_wms_cs_from_xsd.zip (51.1KB)

ExtJs source control package strategy for a utility library

So, after (re)reading the sencha docs and forums a couple of times I have come up with an alternate strategy for maintaining a utility library as a package... Not sure if it will not change at some point but so far it seems to be ok-ish...

Anyway, the requirements were:

  • it should be possible to share the lib between apps / projects (obviously)
  • the lib should have its own source control storage without having to use workspaces and such
  • in should be possible to pack it and deliver as a package in the future (not sure it it will ever be the case though ;)
  • It should be ready for the ExtJs 6 universal app usage
So what i did was:
  • I created a package within one of my apps and moved it to a separate repo
  • I created 3 subfolders under the src folder: core, classic, and modern; they will hold the core code as well as the ui for both modes
  • in the app's packages folder I created a Junction to the new source controlled package folder
  • in the app.json I added my app in the requires array - at this stage it is ok to reference the classes through the PackageName (in my case gm) namespace

So far it looks like the package buids-in nicely into the consumer app and at the same time it is independently source controlled which were my primary concerns.
There are some problems building the package itself as it is not a part of an app or a workspace. I guess it can be simply copied over to a temp app and then built as required. Not too fancy indeed, though at this stage I have no drive to investigate it further.

  1. As of ExtJs 6, i leaned towards using universal apps. therefore the code organisation changes a bit and the code goes to src, modern and classic folders respectively
  2. When requiring a package class in the generic code (not toolkit specific) then there must be package equivalents for a required class for both toolkits - otherewise building will fail for the code not implemented for a particular toolkit
  3. And finally, made the package build as expected - instead of simply drilling down to the packages/local/packageName and running sencha package build (that throws errors related to missing Ext classes), the command should include the sdk param, so the cmd knows where ExtJs stuff actually is (obviously not in the default location in my case ;) 

Jasmine test runner for ExtJs

I have been thinking for a while on plugging Jasmine into ExtJs apps in an easy way. So here it goes an ExtJs TestRunner for Jasmine. This is more a PoC than a completed module, but so far it proved itself to be working as expected.

It can replace the app's viewport:

or work side by side:

The usage is rather simple:

//get the query params, so can dynamically adjust where the tests will be executed
//this may be handy if the tests need ui for example
var query = Ext.Object.fromQueryString(window.location.search),
    tests = [

//check if should handle the normal startup or kick in with the tests mode

    //by default the test runner creates its own viewport that is displayed instead of the app
    //it is possible to customise this and display the jasmine output on the side or actually in any container

    //the default will run test runner with the standard output generated instead of the app
    testRunnerCfg = {
        tests: tests

    //display tests on the side
    if(query.hasOwnProperty('testsonside') && query['testsonside']){
        this.viewport = Ext.create('Ext.container.Viewport', {
            layout: 'border',
            items: [
                    xtype: 'panel',
                    region: 'center',
                    layout: 'fit',
                    items: [
                    xtype: 'panel',
                    region: 'south',
                    height: 300,
                    html: '
', overflowY: true, split: true, title: 'Jasmine output' } ] }); testRunnerCfg.outputContainer = 'jasmine_output'; } Ext.create('Jasmine.util.TestRunner', testRunnerCfg); } else { //normal app startup //create the app's viewport this.viewport = Ext.create('Ext.container.Viewport', { layout: 'fit', items: [ Ext.create('Jasmine.view.main.Main') ] }); }

for details see the example app on github