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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XML vs SQL for small projects?

I'm working on a small project which will only have one user at a time since it's a local application (developed in WPF and C#). To store data I was thinking of using an XML file but I'm wondering if ...
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Using XML as data storage [closed]

I was thinking about the XML format and the following quote: “XML is not a database. It was never meant to be a database. It is never going to be a database. Relational databases are proven ...
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Fastest C++ XML parsing library

I have thousands of .xml files from size 1MB-45MB (no DTDs). I need to parse and further manipulate these XML files before generating separate .xml files with the results of my regex. What the ...
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How to decide between storage formats and what are example use cases for some of them?

We have different ways to store program data (save files in games, employee databases, program configuration etc.): Plain text (think .ini and .conf) XML Databases (MySQL, SQLite...) .zip and ...
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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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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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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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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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How would you feel if your code editor formatted your code for you as you typed, without tabs/spaces?

As with most things, I'm sure this concept has been tried before - I just haven't come across editors that use what I've termed 'Virtual Formatting'. The principle is that there's a floating ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...