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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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 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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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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YAML: translating free-flowing text from XML

I'm studying YAML as a replacement for XML, but I'm experiencing difficulties when dealing with elements containing free-flowing text with embedded elements. For instance, the following XML document: ...
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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 can a code editor effectively hint at code nesting level - without using indentation?

I've written an XML text editor that provides 2 view options for the same XML text, one indented (virtually), the other left-justified. The motivation for the left-justified view is to help users ...
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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 ...
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Storing data for use on Android and Windows Applications

I posted this last night on StackOverflow and was advised to move it over to StackExchange, thank you for taking a moment to look at my question. I'm developing a project proposal for my final year ...
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Common test cases for XML schema validator

I just wrote my first SAX-based (Java) XML schema validator, where you pass it a schema URL (pointing to the .xsd file), and an XML instance, and it determines whether or not that instance is valid or ...
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Java Application for handling records(CRUD)

I am new to JavaEE and am faced with a tight situation here. I have to develop a Java application for (CRUD) handling records and saving and loading an XML concerning that record. Obviously, I won't ...
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Standard way of allowing general XML data

I'm writing a data gathering and reporting application that takes XML files as input, which will then be read, processed, and stored in a strongly-typed database. For example, an XML file for a "Job" ...
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Should I use a unit testing framework to validate XML documents?

From http://www.w3.org/XML/Schema: [XML Schemas] provide a means for defining the structure, content and semantics of XML documents. I'm using an XML Schema (XSD) to validate several large XML ...
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What is meant by XML/XSLT/XPath and asynchoronous programming?

I understand that (1) XML/XSLT/XPath and (2) asynchoronous programming may not be related to one another. My questions are: When a C# developer job is advertised saying: "the following skill is ...
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Is it possible to write application-level logic in an XML or plain text format?

For example, a system where the developer does not need to write source code any more, instead they can using XML or some defined text to construct the application-level logic.
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Are XML Schemas bad for constantly evolving file formats?

I'm struggling with a client-server project where I have Java apps out on the Internet that store data to a backend server. The format of this data is well-defined, but the project is constantly ...
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How to prevent corrupting an hierarchical XML tree?

We have an XML tree which stores the relationship between folders and video files. So each folder could be the artists name and below it we have the videos of the artist. Also each folder can have ...
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How to do locking and not use a database?

I have a project which involves re-writing pretty much all the back end of a legacy application. It uses XML for persistence and was originally written as a single user system. With one large XML ...
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When should I use the XML data type in SQL Server?

When should I use the XML data type in Microsoft SQL Server?
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How should XML subtree manipulation be handled in a public API?

I'm working on an API whereby a specific call would replace a subtree of an XML document—rooted at some element—with another subtree. The two options I'm considering for a response to this call are: ...
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What programming language to choose for this XML and data processing task? [closed]

I currently code in PHP. Recently I've been working on a project using PHP and Symfony that: reads large XML files (lots of DOM parsing/reading), converts large XML files to large arrays, merges 2 ...
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Version control programs for XML-files - merge/diff tool

My programming environment / language (gamemaker) gives the source files as "XML-files". Each resource has its own XML file. Where the properties (code is a property) are stored inside xml tags. Is ...
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are there any tools to convert general purpose XML to HTML? [closed]

I don't know how to say... The XIB is using xml to store the UIElement information, similar to .Net GUI. Is there any open source stuff also convert the xml file to a html layout?
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What's an expat XML parser?

I found the term here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Mozilla_Web_Developer_FAQ I know what a XML parser is. I can't understand; what exactly is an expat XML parser?
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C++ XML Parsing: Suggestions on Approach for Parsing and Storing data

I am looking into developing a C++ application to parse xml (using the rapidxml framework), and I would like some advice on how to approach this. The file I want to parse is a XML game file that ...