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by mirod (Canon)
on Sep 01, 2000 at 14:07 UTC ( #30698=modulereview: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Item Description: A line-oriended interface to XML

Review Synopsis: The module's main usage is through the pyx, pyxv, pyxw and pyxhtml tools


XML::PYX, based on XML::Parser is the Perl implementation. It comes with 3 tools: pyx (non-validating) and pyxv (validating) output the Pyx version of the document and pyxw writes an XML version of a Pyx flow. See - Pyxie for a description of Pyxie

Why use PYX?

  • you don't want to know to much about XML
  • you are used to, and you like line-oriented tools
  • you are just extracting some data from the XML document
  • you are doing simple XML transformation

Why NOT use XML::PYX

  • you want to do complex transformations
  • you are more at ease with tree-processing
  • you don't like writing all those regexps with \(
  • you need some information from the XML documents that Pyx does not provide (comments, entity declarations...)

Related Module

XML::TiePYX is easier to use on a Windows system

Personal notes

Pyx is really cool to extract information from an XML file, or to perform simple transformations on simple XML files. The module is mature (it is quite simple so there shouldn't be too many bugs in it). I never actually use the module, only pyx, which I pipe to a perl -n or perl -p script.


Print all the elements used in an XML document, with the number of occurences.

pyx file.xml | perl -n -e '$nb{$1}++ if( m/\A\((.*)\n/); \
                            END { map { print "$_ used $nb{$_} time(s)\n";} sort keys %nb;}'

Warn in case of duplicate ID:

pyx file.xml | perl -n -e '($id)=( m/^Aid (.*)\n/) or next; print "duplicate id: $id\n" if($id{$id});  $id{$id}=1;'

Change a tag name (class to color):

pyx wine.xml | perl -p -e 's/^([()])class/$1color/' | pyxw

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by Anonymous Monk on Sep 01, 2000 at 21:05 UTC
    You missed something... It also comes with another tool: pyxhtml So converting HTML to XHTML is as easy as: pyxhtml myfile.html | pyxw > myfile.xhtml Matt.
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