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Re: C++ XML Parser



On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 13:30:18 -0500, Dmitriy Kropivnitskiy wrote:

> James Kosin wrote:
[...]
>> 
>> An XML parser is more or less a text parser.
>> Usually best to write your own.  It is very simple design and
>> straightforward.
> 
> Yikes! This is a very bad suggestion. The idea behind standards like XML is to have standard tools to work with them, thus eliminating repeating the 
> same mistakes in every implementation. You don't go writing a new regular expression parser every time you need regexes do you? To answer the original 
> email, there are a few XML parsers in common use out there. The main ones for UNIX are probably libxml and expat.
> 

I agree with both of the quoted sentiments. I took a look at one of
the recommended parsers, and decided that it would take a while to
install it and figure out how to use it.  However, since:
   1) I already have a well tested general token parser;
   2) my present XML requirement is close to the most trivial
      possible;
I parsed it directly, with numerous application-specific tests
for validity.  In a couple of hours, it is tested and running.

However, for general application, the use of software conforming
standards is certainly preferable.  There seems to be a number of
choices.

How to choose?

Thanks,
Mike.




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