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How to Read XML file

If you use PHP 5, you can use simpleXML functions to read xml file easily. Using SimpleXMLElement class  makes it very simple.

 

<?PHP

$xmlstr= <<<XML

<?xml version='1.0' standalone='yes'?>

<products>

 <product>

  <productId>ABC-123</productId>

  <title>abc product</title>

   <price>12.00</price>

 </product>

 <product>

  <productId>ABC-123</productId>

  <title>abc product</title>

   <price>12.00</price>

 </product>

</products>

XML;

 

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($xmlstr);

?>

 

After create xmlsimple object, we can get value with tag names.

 

$xml->product[0]->title;

 

That’s it. As you see, it is very simple. You just need to know the line number of data you want to pull. If you want to show second product title.

 

$xml->product[1]->title;

 

You can use foreach to pull all data.

 

Foreach($xml->product as $product)

{

Echo $product->title;

}

 

You can use simplexml_load_file() function to create xml object too.

 

$xml = simplexml_load_file("file.xml");

 

foreach($xml->product as $product)

echo $product->title.'<br>';

 

But simple xml doesn’t work with PHP 4. so you have to have PHP 5 to be able to use it.