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Re: importing and accessing data - redux

paul freedman data set
If you are looking for a crash course in what exists in XML and data access,
I wrote


a while ago which should be helpful in pointing you in the right direction.
As for converting the tab delimited data to XML, I suggest using whatever
scripting/programming language you are familiar with to complete this task.
I'd go with Perl myself.

I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such
a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the
reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Freedman" <paul@f...>
To: <xml-dev@l...>
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 1:55 PM
Subject:  importing and accessing data - redux

> On the offchance that the only person who knows the answer didn't see
> this earlier, I'm posting it again. I apologise for the redundancy; the
> answer may be real important to this job.
> I am a newcomer to xml and to this list. I hope this is the place for
> basic questions, or if not then at least the place to learn where to ask
> them. Please let me know if I'm being inappropriate, too.
> I have a small database with two tables of about 250 records each. One
> table is a glossary with two fields, "word" and "definition". The other
> is a directory called 'papers', containing five fields. All the data is
> string. Nothing, including the definitions, is longer than 600
> characters.
> Currently the data resides in 2 tab-delimited .txts.
> I want to handle the data with normal database functions: search,
> select, sort. I am at a loss as to how to begin. I can't even see
> how to import the data into an xml document (or generate a document
> with the data in place).
> I know that, using Matt Sergeant's DBIx::XML_RDB module, I can access a
> mySQL database through Perl. I'm trying to avoid Perl and Java.
> My interface, incidentally, is a Shockwave piece built in Macromedia
> Director 8.5. I'm trying to not use their database-accessing xtras.
> Their XML Parser xtra is known to work, but first I'd need, it seems, an
> "XML Database". Building it by hand would defeat my purpose, and leave
> me with the problem of building a maintenance device.
> Is there a way to use xml as my database here?
> Any help will be deeply appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Paul Freedman
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