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Philip Herzer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
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Hello everyone, I am new to these forums. Coming from a python coding background. Well, right now I am taking a medical terminology class, and I thought that it would be nice to write a program that would help me prepare for the upcomming tests. Plus it would be a nice way to save trees!
My question arises from the dilema as to how to store many terms and their corresponding definitions. I assume it would be impratical to write variables for each term and defintion. Anybody have any suggestions how I can easily store and retrieve these values?
One Idea I have though was using a .xml to store the data, for example:

As you can see above, i could use Xerces package to parse the data in <term> and <def> tags and halve them stored in variable Strings. Than, all I have to do is write classes that would randomy output the definitions along with the correct definition into selections A,B,C, and D.
I'd appreciate any suggestions on what you people think is an easy way to go about tackling this task.

Thanks,
Felipe
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[ November 15, 2003: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]

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Dirk Schreckmann
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Joined: Dec 10, 2001
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I think you could create a reasonable solution with xml, or with a database, or even with just some simple text file i/o. I think any of these strategies would be better than hard-coding the values.
If you've any more specific technical questions on using XML, then let me suggest you mosey on over to the XML forum and ask away. And of course, general Java database issues should likely be discussed over in the JDBC forum.


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