Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Brian Fantana, Apr 28, 2005.
Im learning it, and im not quite sure what to open it in. Is there a compiler or program to do it?
no compiler. Any text editor will work. Notepad or wordpad both work, and they're included with windows.
IE works if you just want to view an XML file
I want to save data and have it opened threw VB and XML files.
Sorry if im confusing anyone.
so you're storing data from a VB app in XML?
ultra edit opens anything
Im not asking what you write it in, im asking how you see the program.
XML is not a "program" it's data, pure text data -- like everyone has said, you can read it in any text editor. if you're trying to use it for a specific task or application, you need an XML consuming application of some sort built for the purpose.
Think of XML like a database. (Note: it isn't one) It contains information in text format that you use. It's not a program that you can run. They have XML editors, such as XMLSpy, but it can be opened and edited with a simple text editor. XMLSpy just allows error checking, i.e. is the XML file valid and well-formed.
So what do you do with this XML file. You now have a tree-type structured information, and you now have to parse it. That is done using XSL. Or maybe you want to convert one type of data to another. (xml to pdf) You use XSLT or XSL:FO. Or you only want to use certain data in an XML file and not all of it. You use XPath.
XML is just another text format which you can open with a text editor, just as you can with .txt, .html, ...
So take html for example. If you view the source code, you're seeing the text file. It's meaningless, but your browser is doing something to that text file. It's parsing it, and displaying it to your screen. The same with XML, it's meaningless until you parse it and do something with it.
Okay, if you have no fucking clue what XML is, then why the fuck do you need it?
You just throwing out buzz words?