RE: Which parser to use
> -----Original Message----- > From: Richard Featherstone [mailto:R.Featherstone@u...] > Sent: 09 July 2001 15:38 > To: xml-dev@l... > Subject: Re:Which parser to use [...] > I'm new to working with XML and want to manipulate docs with Java. Which > is the best parser to use JAXP, Xerces, XML4J JDOM or another. [...] Hi Richard, To be clear: XML4J is a parser. Although still actively maintained by IBM, the code now forms part of the Apache Xerces project. Sun followed a similar path and donated their ProjectX parser to Apache as well. JDOM is a Java API for manipulating XML document structures, and is one alternative to the W3C DOM API. JAXP is a Sun specification that basically certifies a several other APIs as 'suitable' for use by Java developers (basically SAX and DOM), as well as including code to mask the differences between working with different parsers. It also include TRAX which is an API for working with XSLT processors. Personally I tend to use Xerces as my parser of preference (not based on any particular reasons, I've just used it for some time without problems), but via the JAXP interfaces so that I can switch parser later if I need to. So perhaps the answer you're looking for is: develop your Java code to the JAXP specification and then you've got some leeway to alter parsers (and XSLT processors) at your leisure. HtH. L. -- Leigh Dodds, Systems Architect | "Pluralitas non est ponenda http://weblogs.userland.com/eclectic | sine necessitate" http://www.xml.com/pub/xmldeviant | -- William of Ockham
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