[XML-SIG] Re: Where to Start?
fredrik at pythonware.com
Fri Mar 11 13:31:35 CET 2005
Greg Lindstrom wrote:
> I work at a small firm dealing with administering health care plans. We deal with a lot of
> records in the EDI X12 format, but I have downloaded and installed a tool to convert the file to
> xml. I've been around the coding world going on 25 years now (I started in IBM 360 assembler) and
> have seen many technologies come and go (and some hang on way beyond their time). I have heard
> many good things about XML and am here to ask you -- the experts -- why I should be excited about
> using it. In particular, now that I have my data in XML format, what can I do with it other than
> visualize it with my web browser? Ideally, I would like to yank out all information related to a
> given claim for processing.
> I have XML Processing with Python (Sean McGrath, 2000, Prentice Hall) which I'm guessing is out of
> date by now. Where do I start to learn about using XML to process my files? How do I pull out
> data, and how do I pull out related data?
if you're new to XML, and more interested in the data in the files than the XML
structures themselves, ElementTree and xmltramp are two decent alternatives:
(xmltramp might be a bit easier to use for simple cases, elementtree is a bit more
flexible and a bit more efficient, especially if you're using the C implementation)
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