What is it?
This is an application for creating XML
documents from data. The idea is to transform a set of XPath expressions
and it's associated values into an XML document. Well, it is not as
confusing as it sounds. Please continue reading and checkout the
Typical usage scenarios:
- How do I converted the data posted
using HTML forms into XML document with minimum/no work?
- I have just the data and I know the
DTD (or schema) that this data should adhere to, how do I create the XML
document with minimum/no work?
- How do I remove the dependency on
the changing document DTD (or schema) on the application that is used to
create the XML document.
Please see the examples below about how
this may work. IMHO, this approach is a very innovative way of creating
XML documents from raw data and has never been tried before in the scope
described here. The reason why this has never been tried is that the
problem of converting an XPath expression into an XML node (reverse of
selecting an XML node from a document using XPath expression) is an open
ended problem. This application solves the problem by setting rules for
the open ended issues and makes them solvable.
Suppose I have the following data from
which I want to create an XML document:
And I expect the final document to look like:
"/users/person/name/firstname" => "Mike"
"/users/person/name/firstname" => "John"
"/users/person/name/lastname" => "Jelks"
"/users/person/name/lastname" => "Wayne"
"/users/person/name/@ssn" => "xxx-xx-xxxx"
"/users/person/name/@ssn" => "yyy-yy-yyyy"
Today there doesn't exist tools that
will let the creation of this XML document from the raw data, other than
having to code the creation of each node. The purpose of this project is
to create a comprehensive tool that will take the mapping between
standards compliant XPath expressions and their values and magically
spit out the XML document.
Where does it fit into the enterprise?
Can I use it on my platform?
This will be implemented in Java and
will use Document Object Model as the model for creating the document.
The implementation is intended to be in Java and as such can be used in
any platform/OS that can host a JVM. There may also be C++ APIs created
for use with C++ applications.
Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In future, project resources can also be found at sourceforge
projects page for translet.