A simple, very flexible text format that stands for eXtensible Markup Language, that can be used to exchange, share, and store data. It is easily parsed by computers, but is also readable by programmers. Use this tag for questions related to topics about using XML.

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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 ...
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Mapping variable inputs to user interface elements

Background Developing a system for creating eBooks. The data is highly normalized. The eBook designs are packaged as "themes." The themes can be configured with options for: fonts, colours, some ...
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What arguments can I use to justify the use of either XML or JSON to store and transmit object data?

My project lead considers both of these approaches to be unnecessary overhead. I have been involved in and have witnessed a lot of talk around XML vs JSON, but this is the first time that I have heard ...
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Working with Multiple XML Schema Classes in C#

I'm working with a data import process in C#, which takes a zip file filled with XML files and saves specific data points into a database. This is accomplished by loading the XML data into classes ...
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What would the general design for an XSD to C# class converter look like?

I am looking to create a simple code generator to convert XSD definitions to C# classes. This is partly as a learning exercise, but I would also like to get some practical use out of it eventually. ...
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Use of Abstract Syntax Notation (ASN.1)

The problem of Electronic Data Interchange over networks is well known and understood. Today, the most common formats for data interchange are things like XML and JSON. There are various pros and ...
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Why doesn't libxml2 support XPath 2.0? [closed]

Libxml2 is the faster, stable and most popular "open DOM engine"... And the "XML C parser and toolkit of Gnome". The initial release of Libxml2 was September 1999, 13 years ago. XPath v1.0 was also ...
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Writing map of data to XML according to a format which is user-defined

I need to write a map of string data to an XML document. The XML document has a specific format. An entry key determines where in the XML document the value will be written to. See below for an ...
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XML/HTML: Do we need the element name in closing tags?

Compared to other serialization languages, one of the main criticisms directed at XML is its verbosity; JSON's more terse and readable for most cases, but not all. But it seems to me that we could ...
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PHP Simplest XML tokenizer for string processing?

I need to do some text processing tasks with short XML fragments. The section "details" shows an example... My solution is to use a tokenizer based on regular expresions, but it is not elegant and not ...
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Starting android Development [closed]

I am considering learning android development. I have some basic knowledge in C++. I downloaded the ADT plugin and eclipse. Now while starting from http://developers.android.com I see the codes were ...
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JSON or XML for parsing for a Windows Store 8 applicaiton?

I am getting some data from Gov tracker (http://www.govtrack.us/developers/api) and creating a Windows 8 Store application.. I started out trying to use the HttpClient to get the JSON and then use ...
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Is there a standard for Error Codes?

I've created a gateway which receives a POST from cUrl on one system which is a well-formed XML string. After processing the gateway sends back a response XML. All the fields in the XML are required ...
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Namespaces, why are they necessary for prefixes?

So I've been reading about namespace on w3schools and I understand they are to uniquely identify an element. But what is the point of having namespaces if you have to have prefixes along side them. ...
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Where should the processing to structured XML be done?

I have been given the task of redeveloping an "in house" solution to make it expandable and easier to maintain and administer. The original solution had been hashed together over time using PHP as ...
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Benefits of using XML builder vs templating language like ERB?

I'm doing a lot of work with XML, our legacy XML generators use the ruby template language ERB to create the XML files. I've been experimenting with Nokogiri and the builder model of creating XML, but ...
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Why can't an xml comment contain two hyphens

I was applying markdown comments in the xml comments of a config file when the XmlParser reported that two hyphens (--) are not allowed in xml comments. Checking the XML Specification, it appears ...
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Other than XML, what are some examples of “coding” a GUI design?

I've been trying to think outside of the box as to how desktop GUIs can be designed in code(not a graphical designer!). I've come across basically three ways this is done: XML Raw code (create a ...
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Is XML, HTML/CSS, XSL analogous to Model, View, Controller?

For some time in personal projects I have been using XSL to convert my raw XML data into human-friendly HTML/CSS (in simple projects, I have no JavaScript, so let's leave that out of the equation for ...
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Choosing how to approach Geocoding Requests

I am about to begin writing a program in c# that will read Addresses from a source file create a Geocoding request, sent it to Google Maps API, get the response choose the coordinates from the xml and ...
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XML vs SQL for content display on an ecommerce website [duplicate]

I am in process of developing an e-commerce application which is using SQL Server 2008 as a DB. I was suggested to use XML for content/product display, I bought the idea of using XML as a datasource ...
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File storage for a blog component: database or filesystem?

I'm going to develop a fairly basic re-usable blog component, with simple CRUD operations using ASP.Net. Which method of storing blog posts would be best suited to the situation in terms of ...
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What problems can happen if an XML file is not backed by a schema?

What is a XML schema in plain simple terms? What will be the problem if an XML doesn't have a schema defined? An example can be very helpful.
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How to read large XML files efficiently

I have a large XML file (about 75,000 lines) where I have to build a catalogue (houses) from. Building the lists works fine, but now I have a problem. The catalogue should have a detailed ...
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Why validate XML?

I am looking for an explanation on just why XML needs to be validated. I have been testing DTD's and Schema's for the past month and recently tried to find out why I am doing this. I know it makes the ...
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Structuring the XML Response

I'm designing an XML response for a consuming application to take in, and I'm weighing two different designs. Currently I have a design as follows (where the Product element can repeat): ...
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Duplicating documentation on interface implementations/overrides good or bad?

So we have an interface like so /// <summary> /// Interface for classes capable of creating foos /// </summary> public interface ICreatesFoo { /// <summary> /// Creates foos ...
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How to process an endless XML data stream

There is an endless data stream of XML messages (and "heartbeats"), that I receive via a telnet connection and through a site-to-site VPN IPsec tunnel. I'm still pondering. What is the best/most ...
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Is there's a way to speed up my php code which parse XML files

I'm developing a web application and we are using XML as a database and I'm using Linux as a platform and centos 6.5 as a server. Changing some value would make a lot a lot of changes in about six XML ...
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Java Xml intraction in Android

I'm working on Android application development. There is a question that always comes to my mind that: How XML interacts with Java code?. I mean Button inside XML is a view, but Button inside Java is ...
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Alternative to simplexml_load_string() function [closed]

I am using simplexml_load_string for xml string interpreting to object from results of a REST API. It's working fine in my local server, which is using PHP5. But my hosting is in Yahoo and the service ...
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Generic file parser design in Java using the Strategy pattern

I am working on a product in which the responsibility of one of the modules is to parse XML files and dump the required content in a database. Even though the present requirement is only to parse XML ...
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What will be the better way for data retrieval on application that needs to handle limited amount of data? [duplicate]

Just moved this question from Stack Overflow. Since, adding my code snippets itself would make this question really long. Instead, I am pretty interested in knowing a better ways for data retrieval on ...
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Copyright notice in CSS or XML files

I'm currently working on an open-source project. Currently, we put our copyright notice at the top of every Java source file. I was wondering whether it was advisable or common practice to put ...
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Validating Objects With XSDs: Is Re-Serializing Redundant or Negligible?

Context: I've got a web service that deals with request / response objects. There are strict, externally-defined schemas constraining both the structure and the content of both requests and ...
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Using xml datatype to store a “shopping cart”

For my final project in school we have to develop an online shop. This shop should have a cart where items can be placed whether or not you are logged in. If you log out the cart shouldn't empty and ...
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What are the cons of using XML for GUI development? [closed]

I'm hoping this question fits within the scope of Programmers SE and that it's not too open ended. I've always hated GUI design. I don't mean to offend anyone, but I've hated CSS/HTML, I've hated ...
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Methodology behind fetching large XML data sets in pieces

I am working on an HTTP Server in Delphi which simply sends back a custom XML dataset. I am not following any type of standard formatting, such as SOAP. I have the system working seamlessly, except ...
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Parsing stdout with custom format or standard format?

To integrate with other executables, a executable may launch another executable and capture its output from stdout. But most programs writes the output message to stdout in custom format and usually ...
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How to structure a XML-based order form using ASP.NET

First question here; please help me if I'm doing something wrong. I'm a graphic designer who's trying to teach himself ASP.NET/C#. My server-side background is PHP/WordPress and some ASP Classic, and ...
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Unit test: How best to provide an XML input?

I need to write a unit test which validates the serialization of two attributes of an XML(size ~ 30 KB) file. What is the best way to provide an input for this test? Here are the options I have ...
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Is using something other than XML advisable for my configuration file?

I have a small tool I'm designing which would require a configuration file of some sort. The configuration file in my case is really more of a database, but it needs to be lightweight, and if needed ...