Re: XML Parsing with C and C++

"Alf P. Steinbach" <>
Fri, 21 May 2010 06:41:24 +0200
* Jason S, on 21.05.2010 06:22:

What is a good XML parser for programs coded in C and/or C++? I'm making
a program in either C or C++ (not sure which one yet) and it will need
to parse data received in XML form from the internet.

Not sure, but as it happens I'm looking at Xerces right now -- but for no other
immediate reason than to possibly create a more safe C++ level interface to it.
Because it's essentially C, although using some C++ features. In particular
Xerces does not use or inherently support using C++ automatic cleanup.

I'm looking at Xerces because I left a partially good but also partially inane,
stupid, comment about it at someone's blog.

No problem, I thought, when I realized how stupid I'd been, I'll just go and
post a comment to the comment, clearing that up. But, while Wordpress seems to
keep a list of all my commenting, this comment wasn't there. So I thought,
perhaps with reality it might turn out that by sheer luck my comment might sense
after all, so that I don't have to scour the Internet to find it and correct it,
and so I downloaded Xerces and started wrapping it.

But alas, as it looks now my comment-that-I-can't-find-again, or the latter part
of it, was indeed stupid.

Anyway, Xerces is probably "the" XML parser, supporting both direct DOM access
and SAX parsing (where you get parsing events as the file is downloaded, say),
but it's decidedly C-ish. Except for syntax it seems to be pure C. So.

Cheers & hth.,

- Alf

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