XML::SimpleObject::LibXML(3) Perl extension allowing a simple(r) object representation of an XML::LibXML DOM object.


use XML::SimpleObject::LibXML;
# Construct with the key/value pairs as argument; this will create its
# own XML::LibXML object.
my $xmlobj = new XML::SimpleObject(XML => $XML);
# ... or construct with the parsed tree as the only argument, having to
# create the XML::Parser object separately.
my $parser = new XML::LibXML;
my $dom = $parser->parse_file($file); # or $parser->parse_string($xml);
my $xmlobj = new XML::SimpleObject::LibXML ($dom);
my $filesobj = $xmlobj->child("files")->child("file");

%attributes = $filesobj->attributes;
@children = $filesobj->children;
@some_children = $filesobj->children("some");
@children_names = $filesobj->children_names;


This is a short and simple class allowing simple object access to a parsed XML::LibXML tree, with methods for fetching children and attributes in as clean a manner as possible. My apologies for further polluting the XML:: space; this is a small and quick module, with easy and compact usage. Some will rightfully question placing another interface over the DOM methods provided by XML::LibXML, but my experience is that people appreciate the total simplicity provided by this module, despite its limitations.


$xmlobj = new XML::SimpleObject::LibXML($parser->parse_string($XML))
$parser is an XML::LibXML object.

After creating $xmlobj, this object can now be used to browse the XML tree with the following methods.

This will return a new XML::SimpleObject::LibXML object using the child element NAME.
Called with an argument NAME, children() will return an array of XML::SimpleObject::LibXML objects of element NAME. Thus, if $xmlobj represents the top-level XML element, 'children' will return an array of all elements directly below the top-level that have the element name NAME.
Called without arguments, 'children()' will return an array of XML::SimpleObjects::LibXML objects for all children elements of $xmlobj. Unlike XML::SimpleObject, XML::SimpleObject::LibXML retains the order of these children.
This will return an array of all the names of child elements for $xmlobj. You can use this to step through all the children of a given element (see EXAMPLES), although multiple elements of the same name will not be identified. Use 'children()' instead.
If the element represented by $xmlobj contains any PCDATA, this method will return that text data.
This returns the text for an attribute NAME of the XML element represented by $xmlobj.
This returns a hash of key/value pairs for all elements in element $xmlobj.


Given this XML document:

    <file type="symlink">

You can then interpret the tree as follows:

  my $parser = new XML::LibXML;
  my $xmlobj = new XML::SimpleObject::LibXML ($parser->parse_string($XML));
  print "Files: \n";
  foreach my $element ($xmlobj->child("files")->children("file"))
    print "  filename: " . $element->child("name")->value . "\n";
    if ($element->attribute("type"))
      print "    type: " . $element->attribute("type") . "\n";
    print "    bytes: " . $element->child("bytes")->value . "\n";

This will output:

    filename: /etc/dosemu.conf
      type: symlink
      bytes: 20
    filename: /etc/passwd
      bytes: 948

You can use 'children()' without arguments to step through all children of a given element:

  my $filesobj = $xmlobj->child("files")->child("file");
  foreach my $child ($filesobj->children) {
    print "child: ", $child->name, ": ", $child->value, "\n";

For the tree above, this will output:

  child: bytes: 20
  child: dest: dosemu.conf-drdos703.eval
  child: name: /etc/dosemu.conf

Using 'children_names()', you can step through all children for a given element:

  my $filesobj = $xmlobj->child("files");
  foreach my $childname ($filesobj->children_names) {
      print "$childname has children: ";
      print join (", ", $filesobj->child($childname)->children_names), "\n";

This will print:

    file has children: bytes, dest, name

By always using 'children()', you can step through each child object, retrieving them with 'child()'.


Dan Brian <[email protected]>