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After Middle School Chris bounced through various high schools around the state of Florida for a bit. He ended up getting a BA (in English) from the University of Central Florida at about the time others his age were getting their MAs. His (now) wife, their child, and he went to Europe for a bit (there was a programming job in Scotland) and came back unemployed where upon he got offered a job in St. Paul. He moved on from that job after a few years to one where he was paid to do the things he previously did as a hobby. That sounds much more exciting than it really was. Really his life is based on two kids, two cats, and a bunny.

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Friday October 15, 2004
10:29 AM

XML::Smart ... why didn't someone tell me?

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Wow XML::Smart simply looks cool.

I'm working on a project at work where I need to pass data between a Java applet and a cgi/mod_perl app on the back end. I've been using XML to translate between the two so I didn't have to maintain a one-off parser for a delimited data format. (Yes I know I need to maintain a one off parser for my custom XML format, but I or the next guy can at least visually parse the XML format and figure it out 6 months from now)

I had been using XML::Simple to build my XML because I didn't want to have to figure out how to get XML::LibXML installed into our production system. I'm still new to the job and haven't figure out the hoops to jump through to get new packages pushed into systems that still have perl4 dependancies.

I however just discovered XML::Smart, and wow this looks nifty. It does everything XML::Simple seems to, without the kludgy interface ... but it also has nifty things like the ability to apply a DTD, the ability to extract the XPath for a node, and probably more widgets I haven't seen yet.

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