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Alodar

So I've been dealing with a lot of xml files lately, and I end up converting them to csvs and the like, and then putting them into a database.  Which is fine, but honestly, the process bothers me.  I'm not quite up to writing my own xml parser, so obviously I'd want to use MSXML or something like that, but I'd like to get some advice on structure.

Obviously, if this is something I should be picking up a book on, please tell me and if you're feeling generous, even tell me which book I should be reading, but what I'd like to get to is how to parse out an xml file into separate structures; i.e. the parent items and child items into different arrays (or variables?).  This is the part I'm not sure about; how I should be parsing it out.  I feel like the obvious answer is to parse it into a set of arrays with one being the 'parent' and the other(s?) being the child elements, which I would know ahead of time from the schema, but is there a better method that I'm just not aware of?

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Yeah.  I was more asking for what 'should' I do as a concept, rather than a 'how'.

Dealing with an XML file in and of itself is ok, and the UDF listed would work great for it, I was just wondering if there was a better method than my original thought of creating different arrays for 'parent' and 'child' items.

Eventually, the xml data I deal with will be going in to tables, so the most effective way to deal with it is kind of what I'm after.

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Is the XML a source you have no control over?

Personally, I dislike XML, and have recently come to grips with SQL which is far superior ... including great helper programs.

Any XML I come across these days,I just read into an array and deal with it much faster that way ... but of course you need to know your source, and your needs be simplistic.

 


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Mostly it's that.  I have control over it once I download it etc, but as for creating it from the source data or anything else, no, I have no control.  It's a file sent to me that I then have to manipulate.

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