XML is the eXtensible Markup Language. It is a format that is easily parsed by computers, but is also readable by programmers.

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Why is XML type safe?

Why do they say that XML provides type safety and how is it expressed in the XML itself? How is it different from JSON (for example) which (as I understand) is not type safe?
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Converting a one-to-many xml design to a many-to-many

I have an xml file format that looks something like this: <topLevelTag> <category name="foo"> <item attrib="value">ItemName</item> <item ...
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Optional Member Data

I am creating a strong binding of an XML specification and I am essentially trying to "flatten" the specification as much as possible, so that it won't feel like you are manipulating an XML tree. ...
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Is there accepted decimal-based Unicode notation for technical audiences?

When writing for technical audiences, there are various ways to type Unicode representations, but they all seem to be Hexadecimal: \uFFFF - From C# / Java Strings \U0000FFFF - From C# / Java Strings ...
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Make an android app “Re-configurable” [on hold]

Story: I am the sole developer of an android app, which is the flagship product at my workplace. The app renders business workflow forms written in XML. These forms have simple structure and provide ...
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Strategies for maintaining backwards compatibility when persisting objects to XML [duplicate]

I am using XStream to persist Java objects to files. This works fine and so far I have had no problems. However, in the course of development, the objects have changed. Some new properties have been ...
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How Generate sequence diagram from xmi file

I know we can generate an xmi file from a sequence diagram, but for inverse, I want to know if we can generate a sequence diagram from a xmi file with any tool(ie write my own code as xmi file which ...
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Should I be extracting strings from source in core java the way android does?

I just started doing android development stuff after getting pretty comfortable with Java. Android apps tend to do this weird thing where they have all strings for their program held in an XML file ...
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What is the hierarchical DB schema for this xml?

As per this link, this is the xml that maintains "BookStore" data. I see that number of occurences of author are varying for any book. xml's hierarchical representation of BookStore looks more ...
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What are technologies like XML, JSON, and YAML classified under? [closed]

What are technologies like XML, JSON, and YAML classified as? I already looked at Query Language Data-structured Language But neither appeared accurate... None of them are really meant for ...
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What exactly is the meaning of “node” in Document Object Model (DOM)?

I've searched for the definition of a "node" in a programming language and I am still finding it hard to understand. Could anyone advice me in simple, layman's terms: What is a node?
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Can I use US-ASCII and UTF-8 encoding interchangeably for an XML file without a XML root declaration?

My source XML does NOT contain the root declaration i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> And when I run the file command on it, I get: ASCII text, with very long lines, with CRLF ...
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How to deal with Windows .NET configuration files

We use the normal app.config file for the configuration of the application. Although it works for now it has some pretty significant drawbacks: Upgrading an application with a modified app.config is ...
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Evaluating local storage for data persistence for small, stand-alone applications

TL;DR - I have a standalone application that will remain relatively small. I'm trying to evaluate between using XML files or a lightweight database for local storage of data that needs to be ...
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What is the most robust, extensible way to represent a contract in code? [closed]

I would like to find or create a syntax to express business contracts programmatically, and I am looking for a robust, flexible, future-resistant way to do this. A client should be able to add a ...
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Is it a bad practice to use empty node with value attribute in XML? [duplicate]

I created XML parsing logic that forces XML to be formatted like this: <fooList> <fooObject value="SomeValue1" /> <fooObject value="SomeValue2" /> </fooList> And ...
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What is a good design pattern for generating an Excel (xlsx) file in code?

See my Update at the bottom for more. I occasionally have projects where I have to output some data as an Excel file (xlsx format). The process is usually: User clicks some buttons in my ...
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A scheme to check only one namespace in an XML document

I want to validate an XML document against some XML scheme, but ignore all elements (and probably attributes) which are not of a given namespace. Does such a XML scheme language exist?
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Should I parse XML on the server or provide a proxy and let the browser parse it?

I need to interface with a 3rd party API. With this API I make a GET request from within the end user's browser and receive an XML response. This data is to be used in a browser based application ...
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Database Password problem when using GIT to manage project that uses Spring to initiate Datasource

I use Spring Framework to code my Web Service, using Dependency injection to inject a DataSource bean into the DAO bean that will be used by the Web Service. I have all the database properties(Url, ...
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What approach to use to query multiple XML files?

I'll be receiving tens of thousands of XML files, which will continue to grow with new files over time. I need to be able to query these files as a whole (like SQL querying all the records in a ...
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Should custom data elements be stored as XML or database entries?

There are a ton of questions like this, but they are mostly very generalized, so I'd like to get some views on my specific usage. General: I'm building a new project on my own in Django. It's focus ...
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Appropriate design / technologies to handle dynamic string formatting?

recently I was tasked with implementing a way of adding support for versioning of hardware packet specifications to one of our libraries. First a bit of information about the project. We have a ...
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Storing a looong lookup table

Background The product i am working on has a very long lookup-table. the table contains static data and cannot be auto generated. there are about 500 rows and 10 columns. columns have mostly integers ...
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Why do XML namespace URIs use the http scheme?

A XML namespace should be a URI, but it can use any URI scheme, including those that are not URLs. Then why do all widely used XML namespaces use the http scheme (e.g. ...
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Large invoice database structure and rendering

Our client has a MS SQL database that has 1 million customer invoice records in it. Using the database, our client wants its customers to be able to log into a frontend web site and then be able to ...
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Why XML is meant to be Software and Hardware independent?

While studying the features of XML, I got to know that XML is software and hardware independent. Can anyone explain me why it is meant like that?
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How to migrate an XML serialization framework in Java in a tightly coupled system?

I work for a company that uses XML for storing a bunch of serialized Java classes. The framework we use is Apache Betwixt (abandonded in 2008) and it's kind of pain to maintain and extend (it seemed ...
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Jenkins: .NET website XML transforms, but no .sln or build file

We're setting up Jenkins for CI and deployments. We have .NET website that isn't managed through visual studio. Its a Logi Analytics application, so we develop exclusively through LogiStudio. As ...
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How and when should I design a simple mark-up language parser? [closed]

I want to write a simple markup language with its rendering engine. First, I am not completely sure when I should try this... I am only 12... But I am competent in C++ having learned through the Web ...
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Designing XML - confused between attributes and elements [closed]

I have to design an xml structure to set standard data exchange with my client. We deal with payments and its related data. At now, my XML data looks like this: <PAYMENTS> ...
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JSON or XML for parsing for Google Map API

Can someone help me to find a easy way to parse XML? I have an iOS 7 Application using Google Map API. I tried to learn this on my own. I try to create an application that uses Web Services like ...
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Why returning XML/JSON for API requests, can't we just directly process request and return the modified web page (HTML/CSS/JS)?

Let's say that a user requests for some piece of data. Usually the data is processed via a server and then returned in XML/JSON format. Im guessing another piece of processing happens to convert it ...
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Moving data between databases with XML

I just read this quote online: XML is a very useful technology for moving data between different databases or between databases and other programs. However, it is not itself a database. Which is ...
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Building an organization-specific XML editor in HTML

I'm building a user friendly XML editor in HTML/JS. Looking for some general advice on how to build the editor UI and which approach you'd recommend on mapping the data to the UI. Details about the ...
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Design: Mixed XML / Relational or Pure Relational?

Is it acceptable to model a very complex object graph using XML in the database, but leave the rest of a system in relational tables? I'd like to gauge opinion on this as I've hit a bit of a ...
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Naming convention for List in xsd schema

What is the best way to name a List in XSD schema? <xs:element name="CurrentEmployee" type="Employee" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded" /> Currently I have a list of Current Employees as ...
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Which one to choose: XML attribute or Sub node?

We want to export some data from our data base as XML. For example, a Person can have age, name and some other properties. We have two choices to define the XML format. Choice #1: <Persons> ...
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Create ASP.NET input forms from XSD?

I have several types of XML document. The format of (i.e. the elements in) each document type is defined in an XSD. Is there a convenient way to create HTML elements (or ASP.NET controls) on an ...
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WCF service to get an atom feed

I am very new to programming and my first task is to create a WCF service that will take an ATOM feed and expose it to my application. Now, I've read up on XML serialization and syndication but it ...
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What is a good use case for native XML databases? [closed]

What would be a good use case to use a native XML database such as Apache Xindice and eXist-db? I have used XML features of SQL Server in the past and they were of great value, but there it is ...
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Tree position terminology/naming [closed]

This is a naming things question. I am processing trees (XML documents), and there are often special rules applied to nodes based on structure. It's been very difficult coming up with concise naming ...
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Getting the relational table data into XML recursively

I have levels of tables (Level1, Level2, Level3, ...) For simplicity, we'll say I have 3 levels. The rows in the higher level tables are parents of lower level table rows. The relationship does not ...
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Canonical representation of a class object containing a list element in XML

I see that most implementations of JAX-RS represent a class object containing a list of elements as follows (assume a class House containing a list of People) <houses> <house> ...
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xml based programming languages

I was looking at wikipedia - Category:XML-based programming languages. Why would someone take this approach for designing a language? What are the advantages of it? I can only think of ...
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Suggestions designing an XML polling deamon in python

I'm about to take on a new project for a client designing a server-side python program that will poll a number of XML streams at regular intervals and populate a Postgresql database with results. The ...
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How do I support interfaces for different devices in the same input scenario?

I asked this question on SO but someone pointed out that I would be better off here. He's most likely right. So here I go! So I just wanted an opinion. I have 2 different ways to approach the ...
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XSLT and possible alternatives [closed]

I had a look at XSLT for transforming one XML file into another one (HTML, etc.). Now while I see that there are benefits to XSLT (being a standardized and used tool) I am reluctant for a couple of ...
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can I use XML for AJAX in a website created using HTML5

I am new to web programming and just started learning XML and AJAX. I am creating a social gaming website for my college project. I am confused at the point of using XML for AJAX in HTML5. As XHTML is ...
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Are there presently any standardized “grammar” rules for HTML & CSS?

Over the years I have assigned values to classes and html elements in all sorts of ways: myClass MyClass my_class my-class . . .and so on. As I am always trying to hone my craft and make my code ...