• Subject: Re: XML on the 400
  • From: "Phil Hall" <hallp@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 10:28:46 -0600


> Phil, what do you mean "the AS/400 has *supported* XML"?
> XML is only supported if you have a program interpreting it,
> such as a parser. what other program are you thinking of?

You write your own parser. Thus, the AS/400 "supports" (and I don't like the
word 'supports' either - it's not the right word in this context) XML from
day one.

It doesn't take much work, as I'm sure you are well aware, to write a basic
XML parser.

Writing a fully functional DOM parser, with DTD checking and validation is,
on the other hand, a different story and the main reason why in my IMHO back
in January on the MIDRAGE.COM web site I was annoyed with the lack of access
to the XML parser from ILE/RPG - you shouldn't really have to write your own
parser. This is now fixed, and also found on the alphaworks.ibm.com site is
wrappers for accessing the IBM DOM parser from within ILE/RPG.


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