XmlSimpleHash.pl - XML Hash Example

This section provides a tutorial example on how to work with hashes resulted from the XML::Simple parsing operation, XMLin().

The following example shows you how to modify the resulting hash of the parsing operation. The important thing to remember when accessing the contents of the hash is that everything is parsed as array or hash. Hashes hold the tag names and attributes, and arrays hold their content.

#- XmlSimpleHash.pl
#- Copyright (c) 1999 by Dr. Herong Yang, http://www.herongyang.com/
#
   use XML::Simple;
   use Data::Dumper;
   my $xs = new XML::Simple(keeproot => 1,searchpath => ".",
      forcearray => 1, suppressempty => '');
   my $ref = $xs->XMLin("system.xml");
   my $xml = $xs->XMLout($ref);
   print "\nHash dump:\n";
   print Dumper($ref);
   print "\nXML output:\n";
   print $xml;
   $ref->{system}->[0]->{user}->[1]->{first_name}->[0] = "Bill";
   $ref->{system}->[0]->{user}->[1]->{email}->[0] = "bill\@wong.com";
   my $xml = $xs->XMLout($ref);
   print "\nUpdated XML output:\n";
   print $xml;
   exit;

Output:

Hash dump:
$VAR1 = {
          'system' => [
                        {
                          'content' => [
                                         '
 This is a testing system.
 ',
                                         '
 Needs to add more entries later.
'
                                       ],
                          'user' => [
                                      {
                                        'first_name' => [
                                                          'Mike'
                                                        ],
                                        'status' => 'active',
                                        'last_name' => [
                                                         'Lee'
                                                       ],
                                        'email' => [
                                                     'mike@lee.com'
                                                   ]
                                      },
                                      {
                                        'first_name' => [
                                                          ''
                                                        ],
                                        'last_name' => [
                                                         'Wong'
                                                       ],
                                        'content' => '
  Missing first name and email.
  ',
                                        'email' => [
                                                     ''
                                                   ]
                                      }
                                    ]
                        }
                      ]
        };

XML output:
<system>
  <content>
 This is a testing system.
 </content>
  <content>
 Needs to add more entries later.
</content>
  <user status="active">
    <first_name>Mike</first_name>
    <last_name>Lee</last_name>
    <email>mike@lee.com</email>
  </user>
  <user>
  Missing first name and email.
  <first_name></first_name>
    <last_name>Wong</last_name>
    <email></email>
  </user>
</system>

Updated XML output:
<system>
  <content>
 This is a testing system.
 </content>
  <content>
 Needs to add more entries later.
</content>
  <user status="active">
    <first_name>Mike</first_name>
    <last_name>Lee</last_name>
    <email>mike@lee.com</email>
  </user>
  <user>
  Missing first name and email.
  <first_name>Bill</first_name>
    <last_name>Wong</last_name>
    <email>bill@wong.com</email>
  </user>
</system>

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Perl on Linux Systems

 ActivePerl on Windows Systems

 Data Types: Values and Variables

 Expressions, Operations and Simple Statements

 User Defined Subroutines

 Perl Built-in Debugger

 Name Spaces and Perl Module Files

 Symbolic (or Soft) References

 Hard References - Addresses of Memory Objects

 Objects (or References) and Classes (or Packages)

 Typeglob and Importing Identifiers from Other Packages

 String Built-in Functions and Performance

 File Handles and Data Input/Output

 Open Files in Binary Mode

 Open Directories and Read File Names

 File System Functions and Operations

 Converting Perl Script to Executable Binary

 Using DBM Database Files

 Using MySQL Database Server

 Socket Communication Over the Internet

XML::Simple Module - XML Parser and Generator

 XMLin() and XMLout() Methods

 XML Parsing Options

 "forcearray" - Forcing Element Contents as Arrays

 "suppressempty" - Parsing Empty Elements

 "keyattr" - Namings Attributes as Keys

XmlSimpleHash.pl - XML Hash Example

 XML Communication Model

 SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Programs as IIS Server CGI Scripts

 CGI (Common Gateway Interface)

 XML-RPC - Remote Procedure Call with XML and HTTP

 RPC::XML - Perl Implementation of XML-RPC

 Integrating Perl with Apache Web Server

 CGI.pm Module for Building Web Pages

 LWP::UserAgent and Web Site Testing

 References

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