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  Using PHP 5's SimpleXML
Subject:   Neat, but...
Date:   2004-01-16 09:54:22
From:   trachtenberga
Response to: Neat, but...

SimpleXML uses the same parsing functions libxml2 uses to create DOM documents. Yes, you do have the overhead of needing to contain the entire document in memory; however, this is all handled in C, so the process is fast and efficient. (As compared to doing this in PHP.)


The only alternative from a memory perspective is SAX, but SAX can be quite painful to program when your schema is complex. (Try parsing the Apple pList format, for example.)

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  • Neat, but...
    2004-03-10 12:31:04  riffraff [View]

    what about pull parsing? isn't that both memory efficient and at least easyer to handle than sax ?