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XML Parsing

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Tutorial written by blackhornetOriginally published on 22nd, July 2012 - 4 revisions

This is just a very quick tutorial on parsing some XML text. I had to visit all three links referenced from the manual to figure this out, and thought a concrete example would help the next person.

I've borrowed this snippet from one of those sample sites (XPATH example). I'm pasting this just as a string, so note the double quotes:

    <?xml version=""1.0"" encoding=""utf-8""?>
      <Album artist=""The Last Shadow Puppets"" title=""The Age Of The Understatement"">
        <Track rating=""4"" length=""P3M7S"">The Age Of The Understatement</Track>
        <Track rating=""3"" length=""P2M18S"">Standing Next To Me</Track>
        <Track rating=""5"" length=""P2M26S"">Calm Like You</Track>
        <Track rating=""3"" length=""P3M38S"">Separate and Ever Deadly</Track>
        <Track rating=""2"" length=""P2M37S"">The Chamber</Track>
        <Track rating=""3"" length=""P2M44S"">Only The Truth</Track>
      <Album artist=""Kings Of Leon"" title=""Because Of The Times"">
        <Track rating=""4"" length=""P7M10S"">Knocked Up</Track>
        <Track rating=""2"" length=""P2M57S"">Charmer</Track>
        <Track rating=""3"" length=""P3M21S"">On Call</Track>
        <Track rating=""4"" length=""P3M09S"">McFearless</Track>
        <Track rating=""1"" length=""P3M59S"">Black Thumbnail</Track>

First load the string with the XML:Load action.

To get started parsing, you need a For each node "/Catalog", to parse the Catalog node. In a sub-event you now parse the Album nodes, and from another sub-event you parse the Track nodes.

That traverses the tree. Now at each level you add the actions to get at the data via the XML.StringValue() expression. Attributes require an @ prefix (so: @rating), and the node data itself can use the tag node().

You can also get the number of nodes with the XML.NodeCount() expression, with the relevant name.

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Ragevortex 6,330 rep

Excelent tutorial. Short and to the point you just saved me hours of fighting with endless loops. Thank you.

Monday, August 13, 2012 at 5:51:15 PM
xeed 5,172 rep

This tutorial does not clear up how to load an XML File.

Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:49:36 AM
Kyatric 75.7k rep

Comment by xeed

This tutorial does not clear up how to load an XML File.
@xeed: Of course it doesn't, the point of the tutorial is to parse XML not to load the file.
You can get your XML string thanks to the AJAX plugin (http://www.scirra.com/manual/107/ajax).
You might also want to check how to use project files in construct 2 (http://www.scirra.com/tutorials/328/using-project-files-in-construct-2)

Friday, August 17, 2012 at 5:37:02 AM
theames 3,028 rep

This all works but when you export as Windows 8 and run it on w8 as an app via visual studio The for each node never runs. I've tried with and without a / prefix in the node name too. Any ideas?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 2:57:04 PM
Shapter 2,175 rep

Be careful that the XML object is not supported by CoccoonJS and Intel XDK.
I'm not sure about the others.

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 1:22:24 PM
braingame 1,513 rep

thanx for this tiny but informative tutorial.
mentioning "Attributes require an @ prefix" saved me a lot of time.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:40:11 PM

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