Re: [xml] need info on using libxml2 - build, merge, template xml files

Hi Rush,
Gr8. Thanks for the info.

And reg. the 4th point, I need to insert the values in the proper places of the DOM tree.
You got it rightly. So how do I get that done??


On 8/17/07, Rush Manbert <rush manbert com> wrote:
Senthil Nathan wrote:
>  Hi,
> I'm new to use libxml2. I need general clarifications of using libxml2 for
> my application.
> Say, I have a XML content as,
> <hostName>
>       <defaultValue>value</defaultValue>
>       <description>
>              <shortDescr>Hostname descr.</shortDescr>
>              <longDescr>long descr of Hostname</longDescr>
>       </description>
>       <dataType>string</dataType>
>       <operations>set,delete</operations>
> </hostName>
> 1. Here, Is it possible to build a DOM tree using libxml2. (basic question.
> but still)


> 2. And is it possible to have "description", "datatype", "operations" as
> attributes
>     in the DOM tree, instead of as sub nodes of "hostName".

I think you need XSLT to do this. Luckily, libxslt is available. You
just read and parse the original XML file, then apply your XSL style
sheet to it.

> 3. Is there anyway to overlay XML file on an existing xml tree. ie., merge /
> append different xml files.

Again, XSLT might be your friend here. There have been lots of threads
on the subject of document merging on the Mulberry Tech XSL list. Check out:

You can get high quality help here. My personal experience with libxslt
used in conjunction with libxml2 has been very good. It works very well.

> 4. I have a template XML file and a config XML file. All the values for the
> template should be available in the config file. Is that possible with
> libxml2?

So you would have a template file that looks like this:



and, according to your example, you want to insert these values:
Hostname descr.
long descr of Hostname

into the proper places in the DOM structure.
Or maybe just into the proper places in a text file.
Or maybe as attributes on some element.

Do I understand this correctly?

- Rush

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