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XML "object mapping"

Peter Braun
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Do you know about any technology which does "object mapping", like the Persistence API with Entity EJB in J2EE?

William Brogden
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If I am understanding what you want, there are many toolkits that provide for mapping between XML and Objects. For example, in the java.beans package we have XMLDecoder and XMLEncoder.
Also in the official Sun line we have the JAXB - Java Architecture for XML Binding toolkit. See this page for more.
Is that the sort of thing you are looking for?
Jesus Angeles
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What will be your purpose for the mapping? Is it like, to turn the xml into an object that you can use in your program, like DOM?
Ulf Dittmer

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If instead you're talking about storing objects in a relational database (with no XML involved whatsoever), have a look at the Hibernate project on SourceForge. It's the most popular object-relational mapping tool.
Peter Braun
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Thanks for answers.

I just want to the same thing with XML files as Persistence API does with entities in relational databases. To build up objects from XML content, use getters and setters to access or modify its content, and persist the changes to the file. I thought it would be better than write a parser, for the same reasons as Entity Beans in EJB. So I don't know if such thing exist. What do you think? Does it make sense?

[ November 24, 2005: Message edited by: Peter Braun ]
I agree. Here's the link:
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