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  • From: David Wang <dwang@mitre.org>
  • To: XML-DEV <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 16:51:59 -0400

I'm sure something analogous to this question has been asked before, but the
sheer mass of XML-dev posts in the archive and the lack of an obvious way to
search them on www.xml.org/archives/xml-dev (the link on www.xml.org/archives 
to xml-dev is broken, BTW) necessitates me to ask a repeated question.  *sigh*

My situation is this: I have a data structure in Java that contains all the
necessary info for creating a valid XML document (i.e. serialize the
data-structure into XML) that conforms to an existing XML Schema.  It's even
structured in a node/edge fashion, so the conversion would be easy.  I want to
know what the best way to create that XML document programmatically is,
technology-wise (SOAP, DOM, SAX, etc ?).

At worst, I can simply write serialize/deserialize methods for my data
structure that grabs the right information from the appropriate places and
writes the XML element/attribute/values down recursively in a tree, but I
really think (hope?) that there are established mechanisms that do this with a
little bit of set-up/conversion frobbing.  Perhaps frobbing a DOM2 document,
adding appropriate nodes and values, and asking the DOM document to serialize
itself could produce the desired XML document (just guessing here).

This also begs at the question of what means is best at creating XML documents
programmatically.  Even better if the same mechanism can read in XML and
recreate the programmatic data structures.

Thanks for any pointers

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