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To use XML you will need a XML parser but before downloading a XML parser, you must make sure you have Java (JDK).
Setting up Java
Download JDK 1.3 from the following URL:
For Windows, the complete download is about 30 MB.
Run through the setup.
One of the main problems new Java developers have is setting the PATH and CLASSPATH.
For Windows 95/98/ME you edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file with the new PATH and CLASSPATH settings and reboot your machine.
For Windows NT/2000 you edit the environment settings.
Both of these changes are described in the Java installation instructions.
Setting up XML
This tutorial will use the Xerces XML parser found on the Apache XML site.
1. Download the latest version of Xerces from the following URL:
If you are a Windows user, the following is the current download (at the time of writing - Xerces-J 1.4.0), you will need:
This tutorial assumes you copied the file to the c:\
2. Extract the contents of the zip and this will copy the files and create all the subdirectories. If you go to your Xerces-J 1.4.3 directory you should see xerces.jar and xercesSamples.jar
The next step is to edit the CLASSPATH in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. You need to tell Java where it can find xerces.jar and xercesSamples.jar. Add the two files to your CLASSPATH.
set CLASSPATH=%CLASSPATH%; C:\Xerces-J-bin.1.4.3\xerces-1_4_3\ xerces.jar; C:\Xerces-J-bin.1.4.3\xerces-1_4_3\ xercesSamples.jar
In order to test your install, try one of the included samples, SAXCount.
Go to the directory of you have the two jar files, for example:
(USEFUL TIP - in Windows 98/ME/2000 and NT you can drag and drop a directory into a command prompt window. This saves you from having to type in long directory names.)
Type the following to execute the SAXCount application:
java sax.SAXCount data/personal.xml
You should get the output of the application.
data/personal.xml: 280 ms (37 elems, 18 attrs, 140 spaces, 128 chars)
This is a breakdown of the personal.xml file in the data directory.
If you do not get this output then you are either in the wrong directory or most probably your CLASSPATH is incorrect. Check your AUTOEXEC.BAT file (Windows 95/98/ME) or your environment settings.
If this is all working, then you have correctly setup the environment for Java and XML.
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