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XMLFoundation - Provides a foundation for XML support in an application

As the name suggests it provides a foundation for XML support in an application, however this is much more than just another XML parser. It applies a unique approach to handling XML that allows your application code to focus on the application rather than traversing DOM or subscribing to SAX events. The most unique feature of the XMLFoundation is the object oriented encapsulation that provides XML support in the application layer. XMLFoundation allows you to easily integrate XML with your GUI, or with your server objects, and it natively supports COM, DCOM, and CORBA objects.

XMLFoundation contains a small, fast, and portable XML tokenizer that has been refined and optimized in many large software projects for about 10 years. My involvement with XML pre-dates the finalization of the XML 1.0 recommendation by W3C. For years, the only XML Parser that could match XMLFoundation tokenization performance was "Xpat" by James Clark - but as you will see the unique ability to bypass DOM and SAX altogether makes XMLFoundation the fastest solution available for moving XML to and from application layer objects - and it requires far less lines of code to do it.

The performance of the stack based XML parser is at the top of its class for non-validating parsers. Parsing and tokenization is only half the task, the other half is getting the results into the member variables, lists, and objects that they need to be in to be useful in the application layer - it is in that task that XMLFoundation is in a class of its own. The performance is unparalleled because the memory buffer that contains the source XML parses directly into your custom class objects without ever being copied or temporarily stored in a DOM tree. It parses directly into your lists, objects, arrays, indexed data structures, and all native C++ data types. It even has support for common containers of element data such as MFC CStrings. It's been used in Java too. That said, speed of execution is less impressive than the speed of development and overall reduction in lines of code required to effectively use XML in your application.

If you are building an application that does not use XML and never will..... XMLFoundation is still a very valuable tool available to solve many very common development tasks. The data structure classes alone ( List, Hash, Stack, Tree, Array, QSort ) are very useful. They all have "Iterator" objects so that data structures can be read-referenced by multiple threads at the same time without blocking. The interface is standard to all data structures. If you find MFC or Rogue Wave Standard C++ library data structures useful, you will likely find XMLFoundation data structures even more so.

Operating Systems

  • Platform-independent

Compilers

  • Any standard C++ compiler

Added : 2009-08-24 Amended: 2009-08-24 Licensing : Open Source

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