PHP - XML Introduction

PHP XML Introduction


Hello folks! welcome back to a new section of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about few XML concepts.

XML is a mark-up language that is used to share data across the web, xml is meant for human readability and machine readability. Example of share-able xmls are RSS Feeds. Xml parsers are useful in reading and also updating the data using web browsers.

Types of XML

There are two types of XML -

  • Tree based XML
  • Event based XML

XML Parser Extensions

The xml parser extensions works based on libxml. The following below xml parsers are available in core PHP.

  • Simple XML Parser
  • Dom XML Parser
  • XML Parser
  • XML Reader


Simple XML Parser

Simple xml parser also called a tree based xml parser is used for parsing the simple xml file. It calls the simplexml_load_file() method to get access to the xml file from a specific path.

Dom Parser

Dom parser also called a complex node parser, is used for parsing highly complex xml files. It is used as interface to modify the xml file. The Dom parser is encoded with the UTF-8 character encoding.

XML Parser

The xml parser is based on a SAX parse. It is more faster than all the above parsers. It will create and parse the xml files. The xml parser is encoded by ISO-8859-1, US-ASCII and UTF-8 character encoding.

XML Reader

The xml reader parser also know as Pull xml parser, is used to read the xml file in a more faster manner. The xml reader works with a high complex xml document with an xml validation.


Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about the PHP - Simple XML.

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