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Old 09-17-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
gatorpower
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(PHP, XML) need help sorting through a multi-dimensional array


Hello,

I am parsing through XML documents with a PHP script and creating an array because, as far as I know, I can manipulate arrays better than the features DOM gives me. That part is not as important, though.

The array it produces though is multi-dimensional, but somewhat inconsistent.

If I have the following XML:

PHP Code:
<domains>
   <
domain>
      <
title>google.com</title>
      <
bookmarks>
         <
bookmark>maps.google.com</bookmark>
         <
bookmark>news.google.com</bookmark>
         <
bookmark>mail.google.com</bookmark>
      </
bookmarks>
   </
domain>
   <
domain>
      <
title>bankaccount.com</title>
      <
bookmarks>
         <
bookmark>login.bankaccount.com</bookmark>
      </
bookmarks>
   </
domain>
</
domains
To call the first bookmark from the first domain, it would be:

PHP Code:
$array['domains']['domain'][0]['bookmarks']['bookmark'][0
To call the first bookmark from the second domain, it would be:

PHP Code:
$array['domains']['domain'][1]['bookmarks']['bookmark'
The problem is, I want to simply call bookmarks through a simply 'foreach()' or 'for()' function and the lack of consistency might be a problem, but the fact that some levels have a '0' array key and others do not is causing a problem.
 
Old 09-17-2010, 12:34 PM   #2
Guttorm
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Hi

I don't like the DOM XML parser either. But take a look at SimpleXML:

http://www.php.net/manual/en/simplex...ples-basic.php

To iterate the bookmarks, you can do something like this:
PHP Code:
$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($xmlString);
foreach (
$xml->xpath('//bookmark') as $bookmark) {
  echo 
$bookmark."\n";

 
  


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