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Jon St. OngeSubject: Need Help Creating Custom XML Conversion with Components/Sub-Components
Author: Jon St. Onge
Date: 11 Jul 2009 12:42 PM
I would appreciate any help somebody would be willing to offer. One of my manufacturers sent me a spreadsheet of their data, but my shopping cart software only has an Upload XML option. I need to convert my product database into a specific xml format that contains sub-fields or variants. While a given product can technically contain multiple variants, my products only have one variant per product. I've played with Stylus Studios for the last 12 hours, and I am not having any luck creating the proper .conv file that I need to convert my .csv file with thousands of products into the properly formatted .xml file.

I have enclosed a sample of my .csv file, as well as a sample of what the final .xml file should look like. The examples seem pretty straight forward, but I wanted to point out that the first row of the .csv file will contain the <tag> headers and the ProductName field in Column Y would be the <component> field. Everything to the right of Column Y would be a sub-component of Column Y, as can be seen in the sample .xml file. I guess another small thing to point out is that there may be blanks fields in the data as seen in the .csv file. Feel free to modify the .csv file to meet your needs, but let me know those changes, so that I can make proper adjustments to my file.

Ideally, I would like somebody to post the .conv file here that would do the conversion, but I would also like to see if you could give step-by-step instructions on how you did it, so that others (including myself) can learn.

thanks
jon


Documentsamplechoppeddown.csv


Documentsamplechoppeddownflat.xml

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Alberto MassariSubject: Need Help Creating Custom XML Conversion with Components/Sub-Components
Author: Alberto Massari
Date: 14 Jul 2009 08:02 AM
Hi Jon,
the Custom XML Converter doesn't allow the generation of complex XML structure, but uses a flat structure to hold the converted data. So you need an XSLT stylesheet to shape the default structure into something more hierarchical.
I slightly changed the CSV to avoid the usage of the same field name in multiple locations, as this will generate ambiguities in the output XML; then created a new XSLT stylesheet using Mapper to go from the output of the CSV converter to your custom XML; mainly it's a one-to-one mapping, but in a couple of cases I had to concatenate two fields to obatin a single field in the output.

Hope this helps,
Alberto


Unknownsamplechoppeddown(1).csv
Changed CSV file

Unknownsamplechoppeddown.xsl
The XSL stylesheet built with Mapper

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Jon St. OngeSubject: Need Help Creating Custom XML Conversion with Components/Sub-Components
Author: Jon St. Onge
Date: 15 Jul 2009 12:49 AM
Originally Posted: 15 Jul 2009 12:50 AM
I appreciate the efforts you took to create the file you made. I will definitely see if I can decipher how to create the actual xml file out of the xslt file you created. Thank you.

jon

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Jon St. OngeSubject: Need Help Creating Custom XML Conversion with Components/Sub-Components
Author: Jon St. Onge
Date: 15 Jul 2009 11:48 AM
As I figured, I am still unable to produce the proper files. I am totally willing to pay somebody to just create the final .xml file in the format required by my web site software. I have a .csv file with about 17,000 lines that I need converted to the .xml file format that I posted above. Can somebody point me in the right direction to where I can hire somebody to complete the project?

thanks
jon

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Tony LavinioSubject: Need Help Creating Custom XML Conversion with Components/Sub-Components
Author: Tony Lavinio
Date: 03 Aug 2009 11:25 PM
Posting to the XSL-LIST run by Mulberry Technologies might find you
a few decent developers.

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Jon St. OngeSubject: Need Help Creating Custom XML Conversion with Components/Sub-Components
Author: Jon St. Onge
Date: 04 Aug 2009 03:34 AM
Thank you.

jon

   
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