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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Which technology would you suggest to build web applications linked to a xml native database [on hold]

I'm a web application developer, and i've been doing it for ten years using c#, the .NET framework, visual studio express and MS SQL Express on an IIS server. Now, i've been asked to program a ...
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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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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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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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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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XML in the attribute of other XML

Today, another developer was talking to me about how he addressed an issue he was working on. The solution he found was to stick a string of escaped XML into the attribute of another XML element. In ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Database Password problem when using GIT to manage project that uses Spring to initiate Datasource

Program Situation 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 ...
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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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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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If XML is so bad…why do so many people use it? [closed]

I understand the purpose of XML, but I always hear people complain about how BAD it is? I don't really understand whats so bad about it? I usually hear the terms "bloated" and "slow" tossed around. ...
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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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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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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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Accessing a Web Service: Learning Resource needed [closed]

I have been searching for resources to learn (Java) Web Services. Although I have found a lot of resources and tutorials on JWS, I am confused with the version numbers, the abbreviations and Metro. ...
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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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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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What are the advantages of storing xml in a relational database?

I was poking around the AdventureWorks database today and I noticed that a number of tables (HumanResources.JobCandidate and Sales.Individual for example) have a column which is storing xml data. ...
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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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Translate soap input of one web service into input of another

We need to support a legacy web service using a new web service implementation. At a given time the old input as well as new input should work. So here is what we need to achieve Old SOAP input ...
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Problem combining SlidingMenu and ExpandableListView

As said i'm trying to combine SlidingMenu (https://github.com/jfeinstein10/SlidingMenu) with an ExpandableListView, but i'm having an issue that i don't know how to fix, so i'm hoping some one here ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Tree position terminology/naming

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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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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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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Guidance for Web XML Api's

I have to create an API for our application that is accessible over HTTP. I envision the API's responses to be simple XML documents. It won't be a REST API (not in the strict sense of REST). I am ...
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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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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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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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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 ...