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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...