I've written a generic importer/exporter between XML and ruby objects. What this means is that to generate an importer/exporter for this format: <root> <firstelement> <secondelement firstattr='1'> some value </secondelement> <secondelement firstattr='2'> some other value </secondelement> </firstelement> </root> all you have to write is this: require 'xmlcodec' class Root < XMLCodec::XMLElement elname 'root' xmlsubel :firstelement end class FirstElement < XMLCodec::XMLElement elname 'firstelement' xmlsubel_mult :secondelement end class SecondElement < XMLCodec::XMLElement elname 'secondelement' elwithvalue xmlattr :firstattr end This will create some ruby objects with methods to set the subelements and the attributes and to import/export XML. Besides being able to import/export the REXML DOM it can also create XML text itself in one go (which is faster and uses less memory). It also supports a "partial_export" mode where you can export a big XML file by normally creating the elements but then exporting as you create the tree and then deleting the element so that GC can reclaim the object. For the importing it has a XMLStreamObjectParser which is a stream parser whose events are whole elements instead of start/end tags. I've created and parsed 100MB files with these API's with minimal memory usage. I've done this to process EAD XML files so an example of the use of the library is "eadcodec", the EAD importer/exporter. Suggestions about the code and API are very welcome. Opinions/Suggestions about the name "xmlcodec" would be great to. The code can be found in http://www.pedrocr.net/ruby/ and is LGPL licensed. Greetings, Pedro Côrte-Real.
on 2006-05-12 15:31