Hello Rick,

hey Scott,

The XML parser on my web site is not "Scott Klement's". It's called
Expat, and is an open source project. I had no part in it's
development. It was developed by folks such as James Clark, Clark
Cooper and Fred Drake.

My apologies to James, Clark and Fred!

I find the phrase "third party roll your own stuff" misleading.

it was a one off description, used more for expediency than clarity.
again, my apologies.

Expat is used as an underlying component in many well-known and
respected tools, such as Apache, Lua, Perl, Python, PHP, and Firefox to
name a few. It's an extremely widely-used and well-known XML parser.

I wasn't aware of that, but I don't doubt it a bit.

And I'm not at all against using open source tools - I wrote an entire
database driven ftp job scheduling application, the guts of which was
your ftpapi project. You may recall me bugging the crap out of you
several years ago with questions ;-)

It's still in full use at one of my clients, ftping files back and
forth, from and two (currently) 15 or so different servers, including
banks, hundreds of different files a week, with variable folder and
file names, database driven entry and exit programs to prepare or
process the files and email error notification when things don't go
quite right. To set up a new scheduled basic transfer takes me about
two minutes. set it and forget it.

I don't know if that matters in your politics -- but it might matter to
other folks who read this mailing list or it's archives.

There are many other XML tools out there. IBM provides an XML toolkit
for the i that's available in older releases -- personally, I don't like
it -- but it exists :)

COBOL has an XML parser built in starting with V5R3. (RPG has one in
V5R4, as you know) Java has pretty much always had open source XML
parsers available. PHP as well.

There are lots of commercial offerings as well, such as Krengel
Technology's RPG-XML (www.rpg-xml.com).

I appreciate the suggestions. again, I didn't mean to misinform
anyone about my reticence to using Expat, it was strictly a
cost/benefit situation at this point.

The project isn't large nor high profile, and this is only a tiny part
of it and I was hoping to do something quick and dirty.

Thanks again for the suggestions!


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