python and parsing an xml file

Matt Funk mafunk at
Tue Feb 22 14:11:53 EST 2011

One thing i forgot,
in case anyone is at this point:
the reason i chose ConfigObj over ConfigParser is that it allows


On 2/22/2011 4:01 AM, Ian wrote:
> On 21/02/2011 22:08, Matt Funk wrote:
>>> Why?
>> mmmh. not sure how to answer this question exactly. I guess it's a
>> design decision. I am not saying that it is best one, but it seemed
>> suitable to me. I am certainly open to suggestions. But here are some
>> requirements:
>> 1) My boss needs to be able to read the input and make sense out of it.
>> XML seems fairly self explanatory, at least when you choose suitable
>> names for the properties/tags etc ...
>> 2) I want reproducability of a given run without changes to the code.
>> I.e. all the inputs need to be stored external to the code such that the
>> state of the run is captured from the input files entirely.
> Hi Mark,
> Having tried XML for something similar, I would strongly advise
> against it.  It has been nothing but a nightmare.
> XML is acceptable for machine to machine communication where the two
> sides cannot agree a common
> language in advance or they can't coordinate format changes. Even then
> it is slow and verbose.
> Use the config module if the configuration is simple to moderately
> complex.
> Consider JSON or Python (source) if your requirements are really
> complicated.
> Regards
> Ian

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