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Re^2: XML parser

by hakana (Acolyte)
on Nov 29, 2007 at 09:10 UTC ( #653788=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: XML parser
in thread XML parser

The long description is that I'm making a test system. The xml file is used for both configuration and saving the results in.
The first part is that a WEB-GUI is saving witch tests to run.
<exec> <tc id=001></tc> <tc id=002></tc> </exec>
Second will the testframework append testinfo to the different nodes and add childs to the nodes.
<exec> <tc id=001 desc=first test> <ts id=001.001 result=passed/> </tc> <tc id=002 desc=second test> <ts id=002.001 result=failed/> </tc> </exec>
So the testframework has to be able to find the specific node by using the id and append info/data and child to that node.
Does anyone have any suggestions how to do this?

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Re^3: XML parser
by toma (Vicar) on Nov 30, 2007 at 08:45 UTC
    Do you want the output file to have the same order of XML tags as the input file?

    I built an automated test equipment (ATE) configuration and test system using XML::Simple, but I didn't like it because it changed the order of the XML tags between the input and the output. I switched from XML::Simple to XML::Twig and solved this problem.

    After doing this, I thought that maybe XML is not so great for this type of application. I wanted human-readable files that were also easy to parse with a computer. I also wanted to add tags in the future without breaking old files. XML seemed like the right choice but it was not so easy to achieve these goals. Recently I have tried YAML with the same goals, but this has not been so great, either. I am still looking for a better solution.

    Now I think I should use something like YAML, but I should write my own parser.

    It should work perfectly the first time! - toma

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