I spent the last few hours looking for a simple XML parser for C++.  I did find two candidates:  TinyXML and xmlParser.  The latter looks the easiest, but I had to send an e-mail to the developer requesting for the tool.  It’s been a few hours now and I haven’t heard back from him yet, but I did send it quite late on a Friday night.

I know that there are many other XML parsers out there.   Xerces and Expat are quite popular, but they are just too big for what I am trying to do.  If you know your history, Xerces along with his huge Persian army fought against a tiny group of Spartans.  I thought that it would be clever to come up with a tiny XML parser called Sparta.  Well, Eamonn O’Brien-Strain developed an open-source project called Sparta – Lean XML Parser, DOM,, & XPath.  Unfortunately, it’s a Java application–still nice work with the parsing tool and the historical references.  I wish I could have thought of these things first.

Microsoft’s XmlLite showed promise too, but when I looked at the code samples, I quickly realized that I needed to learn some things about C++ COM programming before I could even think about XML.  I then checked out Microsoft’s MSXML.  I found some really great articles, but most them were ten years or older.  It probably works just fine today, but I don’t trust old code on newer Windows operating systems.  I have Win7 64-bit.  This library was written about the same time as Microsoft ME – which, by the way, is still the greatest operating system ever known to mankind.

Once I try TinyXML and xmlParser, I will write something up for you.  Now it’s too late.  Go to hell XML.








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