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2003 Nov 14 | XML Tramp Data Model

I've been playing with Aaron Swarz's XML Tramp as an intuitive/pythonic way of processing XML. The model/syntax isn't explicitly documented, but from the source and (mostly) examples, this is what I've figured out:

XML Tramp Conventions

Posted by anders at Sun Nov 16 18:31:50 2003
i think the dot notation is more pythonic, and the point does seem to be to make XML data accessible through a more native feeling API.

are you really suggesting doc('ns:COLOR') instead of doc(ns.COLOR)?

personally, i find XPath to be intuitive enough and don't really desire anything more pythonic, but if i did, i think i would agree with Schwarz's approach.

Posted by Joseph Reagle at Tue Nov 18 16:12:57 2003
Yep. It's not like COLOR is a (pythonic/object) attribute of some namespace instance. I think the pythonic approach is one of consistency, why remove quotes when dealing with a NS qualified element or attribute? Oh well, unless I convince Aaron, or change it for my own version, your preference will persist I presume!

I also really dig XPath (used it heavily in the C14N implementations), but again have found the "set-up" in the various toolkits to be a big pain... (What do you use?) I've recently been wondering if I could add a simple XPath query on top of XML Tramp.

Posted by anders at Thu Nov 20 00:36:50 2003
libxml2 has a pretty sweet XPath API. see: http://www.xmldatabases.org/WK/blog/607?t=item


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