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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Can we replace XML with JSON entirely? [closed]

I'm sure lots of developers are familiar with XML and JSON, and they've used both of them. Thus no point in explaining what they are, and what is their purpose, even in brief. If we try to map their ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to combine XPath and CSS selectors?

Just came through XPath. I got curious about this. Why is there a different way to select tags in XPath and CSS(selectors). Why cant there be a common way in both XPath and CSS?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An XML file or Database?

I am re-writing a section of my site and am trying to decide how much of a rewrite this will be. At the moment I have a web service feed that generates an xml once per day. I then use this xml file on ...
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What is the importance of XML in the world of JSON?

How important is it to learn XML when JSON is able to do almost all that I need? Having said that, I use JSON mainly for AJAX requests and obtaining data from various APIs. I am a total newbie to web ...
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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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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 does it mean that StAX parsers aren't complete or correct?

I've been browsing the net and found theses two slides on site of XOM (XML object model): slide1 slide2 Where they refer to SAX(push) and StAX(pull) parsers. So I'm wondering, what does it mean ...
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Identifying elements from data feeds generated by affiliate sites

I am working with data feeds from affiliate sites. The basic idea is to provide an interface where the user can paste a link to an XML datafeed (these are huge btw, around 60 mb) that would then be ...
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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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What methodology to use for planning/developing a Language conversion project?

I am trying to help my friend by creating a part of his on-going project. What I'm going to do is create a Java parser to break up the Java code into operators, parameters etc to build XML ...
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How do I speed up XML parsing operation?

I currently have a php script set up to do some xml parsing. Sometimes the script is set as an on page include and other times it is accessed via an ajax call. The problem is the load time for this ...
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Enforcing Constraints Upon Data Documents of Various Formats

This seems like the sort of problem that must have been solved elegantly long ago, but I haven't the foggiest how to google it and find it. Suppose you're maintaining a large legacy system, which has ...
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Better way to read XML

We are storing config files as XML. With that being said, when reading the XML file, is it better to use LINQ to query the XML file or would using the XMLDocument and/or XMLNode classes better to use? ...
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Conditional attribute in XML - most concise solution?

I am tasked with setting up conditional profiling - a method of tagging chunks of XML with an attribute, which will then be used as a conditional value to extract subset of that XML. Have a look at ...
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Text Classification Implementation

I've been trying to implement a text classification system. It needs to read a text file, and extract the words and the word frequency. So far, I've been planning to parse the words, put them in a ...
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Best Practice - XML To Excel

I've to read a big XML file with a lot of information. Afterwards I extract the needed information (~20 Points(columns) / ~80 relevant Data (rows, some of them with subdatasets) and write them out in ...
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Should all new web projects build their backend based on xml/json result sets? [closed]

If you were building a new Saas project, would it make sense to start with all of the backend services returning xml/json? Because these days you need to build for both the web and mobile devices, ...
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A good way of creating XML files at run time

Please stare at this structure for a second :) I should create such a thing all at run time. What are the values that we pass in at run time? the string values you see after "#" are passed in so ...
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Alternative to XML / XSLT for artifact generation?

The scenario: A system needs to produce a variety of artifacts to present to end-users during the normal course of business. Examples of these artifacts would be permits, invoices, or receipts -- ...
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Using XSLT for messaging instead of marshalling/unmarshalling Java message objects

So far I have been using either handmade or generated (e.g. JAXB) Java objects as 'carriers' for messages in message processing software such as protocol converters. This often leads to tedious ...
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How to render RSS feed in a desktop RSS reader?

Consider one feed like this: http://feeds.feedburner.com/codinghorror It has the entire content inside the description tag of the feed, so you don't need to access the website to read the post. Now ...
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Optimize strategies for xml parsing?

I am looking for general optimization tips and guidelines for xml parsing. One of the optimization strategies is of course selecting the "right" parser. A detailed comparison between the available ...
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Save match details to SQLite or XML? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XML vs SQL for small projects? I'm making a (conceptual) system to simulate any kind of sports match (like soccer,basketball,etc) with actions (for example ...
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Javascript: Safely upload a client data file

I'm (still) working on a template-based XML editing program. It's a GUI-based XML editor that only allows users to add certain tags and attributes based off the requirements. You can see the current ...
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XML: Multiple roots + text content outside the root. Does anyone do it?

I have another one of those "is it done in XML" questions (my last one about xml comments hasn't been answered if anyone has a good explanation) I was just wondering if anyone, anywhere would: Use ...
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How often are comments used in XML documents?

I'm currently developing a web-based XML managing program for a client (though I may 'market' it for future clients). Currently, it reads an XML document, converts it into manageable Javascript ...
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What's the difference between a marshaller and a serializer?

...and unmarshalling/deserializing? Wikipedia's explanation leaves me none-the-wiser! I'm a Java programmer, in case the terminology is used differently in different languages.
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XML or HTML for User Manual/Help and Why?

I want to make User Manual/Help to my program. I found two good ways - XML or HTML - which should I use and why? I know how to do it in html (I know how to use js, css and such) but in XML it's ...
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Persistent Storage format for (update+read)-intensive data

I am developing a Java application. While using the application, data would be generated that needs to be stored on disk. I am looking for an embedded database appropriate for a average use-case of ...