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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Wednesday March 14, 2007
06:12 AM

XML Parsing and Generating

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There are a ton of XML libraries on the CPAN but XML isn't as simple as you think. For parsing and generating XML I use and recommend XML::LibXML which wraps a fast and robust C library. For some good examples read the Perl Advent Calendar on XML::LibXML and XML::LibXML - An XML::Parser Alternative.
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  • I agree that XML::LibXML is an excellent module for parsing XML. I tend to steer people towards it [] when they start dreaming up new features for XML::Simple.

    When generating XML, I almost always use either the Template Toolkit or HTML::Mason.

    • In the true spirit of overkill, I found myself using XML::LibXML *and* XML::Simple in the same program today.

      I needed to validate some XML against a schema so XML::LibXML::Schema helped nicely. But after validation, the data structure provided by XMLin() was *exactly* what I needed so I thought bugger it I'll just use both ;-)

      XML::LibXML and XML::Simple for teh win!
  • I dunno exactly why but whenever I need to do non-trivial XML I keep finding myself going back to XML::SAX.
  • Actually that pretty much sums up the recommended use case for XML::Simple. If what it gives you is exactly what you need then use it. Otherwise use XML::LibXML.