A Lua implementation of the XmlReader API using libxml2
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lua-xmlreader

Provides the XmlReader API to Lua applications using LibXML2. XmlReader is an API introduced in C# that is arguably easier to use than SAX. It provides a pull interface where you control the reader, which is a cursor moving along the document. Call methods such as reader:name() to get information about the current node and reader:read() to advance to the next. This has the advantage versus a tree model such as DOM that the whole document does not need to be loaded into memory at once. The many articles and tutorials available online referring to XmlReader/XmlTextReader in C#, Java or other languages should all be useful if you want to better understand this method of handling XML. lua-xmlreader depends on the libxml2 library.

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Release history

  • lua-xmlreader-0.1 (2008-01-25)
    • first public release

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Example

Below is a fairly simple example demonstrating how you extract information from an XML document using an XmlReader. It prints each element along with its attributes.

#! /usr/bin/env lua
require('xmlreader')

local example_xml = [[
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<library>
  <book id='1'>
    <title>Green Eggs and Ham</title>
    <author>Dr. Seuss</author>
  </book>
  <book id='2'>
    <title>Where the Wild Things Are</title>
    <author>Maurice Sendak</author>
  </book>
</library>
]]

local r = assert(xmlreader.from_string(example_xml))

while (r:read()) do
  local leadingws = ('    '):rep(r:depth())
  if (r:node_type() == 'element') then
    io.write(('%s%s:'):format(leadingws, r:name()))
    while (r:move_to_next_attribute()) do
      io.write((' %s=%q'):format(r:name(), r:value()))
    end
    io.write('\n')
  end
end

When executed, this would output:

library:
    book: id="1"
        title:
        author:
    book: id="2"
        title:
        author:

License

lua-xmlreader is distributed under the MIT license.

Copyright (c) 2008 A.S. Bradbury

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without
restriction, including without limitation the rights to use,
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copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following
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Contact

Author: A.S. Bradbury
Email: asb@asbradbury.org
Homepage: http://asbradbury.org/