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Parse XML from StackOverflow

asked 2018-01-02 17:08:15 -0600

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I want to be able to parse a stackoverflow xml dump that has a very simple format of each row element having all values in attributes, into say a .csv

  <row Id="4" PostTypeId="1" AcceptedAnswerId="7" CreationDate="2008-07-31T21:42:52.667" Score="506" ViewCount="32399" Body="&lt;p&gt;I want to use a track-bar to change a form's opacity.&lt;/p&gt;&#xA;&#xA;&lt;p&gt;...  CommunityOwnedDate="2012-10-31T16:42:47.213" />

but have been unable to crack the code on parsing out the attributes using the xml parser. One caveat is that not all <row> elements have the same attributes, and I believe that there's sub nested elements in some of the row elements. Maybe I am going about this wrong and should just use jython. Have parsed the using spark, but would prefer to use SS. Anybody have any pointers?

Thank you!

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If my answer below doesn't point you in the right direction, please add a reference to the actual posts.xml you're working with and I can take a closer look.

metadaddy gravatar imagemetadaddy ( 2018-01-02 22:00:27 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-01-02 21:58:44 -0600

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I created a sample Posts.xml file using the data in this Meta StackExchange answer:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <row Id="1" PostTypeId="1" Tags="&lt;discussion&gt;&lt;scope&gt;&lt;homebrew&gt;" AnswerCount="3"/>
  <row Id="2" PostTypeId="2" ParentId="1"  />
  <row Id="3" PostTypeId="1" Tags="&lt;discussion&gt;&lt;scope&gt;" AnswerCount="2" CommentCount="0" />
  <row Id="4" PostTypeId="1" AcceptedAnswerId="7" Tags="&lt;discussion&gt;" AnswerCount="2" CommentCount="0" />
  <row Id="6" PostTypeId="2" ParentId="4" />
  <row Id="7" PostTypeId="2" ParentId="4" />

I used the Directory origin, with Delimiter Element set to row:

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It parses the data just fine - here's the preview:

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