Friday 11 July 2008

The only sane response to XML...

I have been helping several people get a handle on the various flavours of xml madness available to the modern map.

Documentation harmed in this endeavor:
There are a range of options from primitive SAX parsers through to "schema aware" parsers that seem to care more about being correct than the data itself :-)

The big weakness with all these technologies right now is error reporting - it is very tricky to tell what specifically went wrong, where, when and why.

The XML Developers Guide makes for some good background reading - in addition to being interesting (it is aimed at developers creating "bindings" for new schemas) it offers a few clues on what can go wrong.

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