XML and Objects

Peter Murray-Rust peter at ursus.demon.co.uk
Mon Sep 28 07:41:19 BST 1998

At 20:47 27/09/98 -0700, Gregory M. Messner wrote:
>2) We desire to provide an API on the client side which exposes a simple
>mechanism for creating and modifying objects. These objects are serialized
>using XML and then transported to a server for further processing. The
>server then responds with another XML document that we then de-serialize
>into an object and present it to the API user. Here are some basic
>    * Support for both Java and C++
>    * API must be similar for both Java and C++
>    * Object members are accessed via get/set methods
>    * Adhere to JavaBean method naming patterns
>We are thinking of developing an application which takes a DTD and then
>generates Java and/or C++ code for each object. We would use a XML helper
>file to give more control over the generation process. Are we out in left
>field here? What are some of the other ways to do this? What are you
>experiences doing something like this?

Does 'left-field == bleeding edge'?

I think a number of people on XML-DEV have a very similar requirement: The
Coins approach, the SUN early release of XML, XXX (Steve Withall) and
JUMBO. We all want object functionality client-side. The balance between
client and server may differ, but we need an element-object API.

I have raised this sporadically on XML-DEV and there is no doubt that we
will benefit enormously from a shared API (created and developed in the
same way as SAX). It seems that the time is right. We need some champions
:-) Volunteers?


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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