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XML Filtering using XPath

 
Eurig Jones
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Hi,

I have a problem to solve. I need to filter very large XML documents using XPath. I need to provide a list of xpaths to generate a smaller versions of the documents. for example...

Input:XPathOutput:What is a good way to do this using Java APIs?

Thanks!
Eurig
 
William Brogden
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If your input XML document is truly "very large" - too large to get in memory as a DOM - the standard library XPath will not help you because it requires a DOM to work with.

For documents too big for DOM, you are stuck with some form of SAX or StAX parsing.

I found Harold's chapter on SAX filters to be very helpful when thinking about big SAX problems.

You might find the servingXML toolkit to be helpful.

Bill
 
Shane Lee
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How large an xml file william are we talking before looking into streaming xml instead of parsing as a DOM and using xpath and xquery to query the data?
 
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