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, 5 Jan 2007
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Process an XML file or stream; read group and attribute values; write and delete groups, attribs, values and comments.

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This DLL provides routines to manipulate XML files. The set provided is not all-singing-and-dancing, but a useful, small collection. Several co-operating executables living off a common XML file may find their operating parameters and set parameters for others.


Initially, the read functions were implemented to save incorporating the large overhead of using a proprietary interface. From this grew a certain understanding of the mechanism. Then were added write and delete routines; stream routines that allowed the user program to supply and recover the XML data (without using disk files); some super (i.e., over-arching) routines to shrink the user's code.

Using the code

VC 6.0 projects: Place the XMJDLL.dll in a directory on your path variable. Add the library XMJDLL.lib to the project resources. Add the module XMJcalls.h to the project. Use the routines therein.

VB 6.0 projects: Register the XMJDLL.dll with regsvr32. Add the module XMJDLL.bas to the project. Use the public routines therein.

// Sample source to produce the above file


  XMJ_newGrpPutVal("Customer","Acme Ltd");

  XMJ_pokeNewGrpPutVal("Description","Production-Class Widget A");

  XMJ_pokeNewGrpPutVal("Description","Production-Class Widget B");


Points of Interest

  • For C/C++ only users, a static library can be built using workspace and project files provided.
  • The private routines in the XMJDLL.bas module are to get around C/C++ <-> VB differences.
  • The implementation of 'false' (C/C++ 0, VB -1).
  • VB string addresses to C/C++ routines.
  • VB return-string-parameter is handled in the DLL.


  • 3.5 Corrections to XMJ_deProfundis.
  • 3.4 Encryption and catch up XM8.
    • New - demonstration of TEA encryption applied to XML files.
    • Four new encryption routines to implement Tiny Encryption Algorithm (TEA).
    • XMJ_sNew.cpp - new loop routine XMJ_deProfundis.
    • handles <,&,>," and ' within values; both read and write.
  • Group to attribute, and attribute to attribute, white space handled.
  • What took 440 mS now takes 160 mS.


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionBug with using different encoding PinmemberM A V22-Apr-08 6:03 
GeneralDocumentation Anomaly PinmemberGarth J Lancaster5-Jan-07 12:26 
GeneralRe: Documentation Anomaly PinmemberLymington7-Jan-07 8:09 
QuestionXMJ_deProfundis() returning 2, not zero? PinmemberCJayNC27-Dec-06 7:25 
AnswerRe: XMJ_deProfundis() returning 2, not zero? PinmemberLymington3-Jan-07 3:47 
QuestionEnumerating through a depth? PinmemberTonyCounts19-Apr-06 10:54 
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GeneralRe: replace attribute PinmemberLymington6-Jun-05 6:40 
QuestionHow Can I read tag's Data Field ? Pinmembernico9999999995-May-05 0:35 
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