[XML-SIG] XML to Object translation
Thu, 23 Nov 2000 13:22:30 +0100
Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
> * test e. mail
> | What is the best way to map XML to objects?
> I had an idea yesterday that is not yet implemented, but which will
> probably become an example in my book and probably also something that
> can be downloaded and used separately.
> The idea is basically that when you have an XML document of a
> particular type (say RSS) you make a mapping file that describes how
> to create an object structure from the file. For RSS this might look
> as shown below.
> <object classname="SiteSummary" >
> <field name = "title">
> rss / channel / title
> <field name = "link">
> rss / channel / link
> <field name = "description">
> rss / channel / description
> <field name = "items">
> <list elements = "rss / channel / item">
> <object classname="Item">
> <field name = "title"> title </field>
> <field name = "link"> link </field>
> <field name = "description"> description </field>
> This would build from any RSS file a single root object (with title,
> link and description string attributes) with a list attribute holding
> objects with the title, link and description string attributes.
This sounds really cool :-) I presume though, that the classes
you mention in the transformation must exist somewhere to
be instantiated, right ?
BTW, this scheme looks superior to what we have discussed some
months ago about pickling Python to XML. Even though the above
only describes the unpickling process, I think the idea may
also work the other way around.
In any case, this would go a looong way in helping Python read
XML files into Python objects (rather than DOM trees).
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