[Israel.pm] Is there a Perl equivalent to the PHP function "simplexml_load_file"?

Shlomi Fish shlomif at iglu.org.il
Thu Nov 6 07:57:33 PST 2008

On Thursday 06 November 2008, Oren Maurer wrote:
> I have seen a PHP code like this
> ==============================
>         $xml = simplexml_load_file($request);
>          // items
>         $Base = $xml->Items->Item;
> ==============================
> I want to try it in Perl.
> Is there an equivalent to the simplexml_load_file() function?

There's XML-Simple, which is similar:


It converts XML into a Perl-5-data-structure and back. I avoid it like the 
plague, because I feel that XML does not map directly to Perl 5 data 
structures, and because XML::Simple has poor support for handling markup like 
qq{<p> Hello <a href="http://world.tld/">World</a>! </p>}. Instead, I tend to 
use XML::LibXML with DOM and XPath.

There's also XML::All: http://search.cpan.org/dist/XML-All/ .

I don't know exactly how PHP is doing it, but in Perl, I find DOM/XPath more 
robust and less philosophically problematic than an OXM (Object-XML-Mapping) 


	Shlomi Fish

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