Extracting a subset of XML using PHP

I have some XML

<articles>
<article code='1'>
 <title>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>

I need to extract the XML for each article into a string for insertion into a database. Something like

foreach (article){
$string = article;
doSomethingWithString();
}

The string would be "<article code='1'><title>Some Title</title><body>Some Text</body>/article>"

How can I do this?

Thanks

Mike
hungoveragainAsked:
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Ray PaseurConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm not sure about putting the XML into the data base - you might be able to store the serialized object  and get better performance that way.  But if you want to isolate nodes of the XML structure and keep them as XML, this shows how to use the AsXML() method to retrieve the XML.  HTH, ~Ray
<?php // RAY_temp_hungoveragain.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);
echo "<pre>";

// THE XML FROM THE EXAMPLE AT EE (SLIGHTLY MODIFIED)
$xml = <<<XML
<articles>
<article code='1' foo='Bar'>
 <title>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>
XML;

// MAKE AN OBJECT
$obj = SimpleXML_Load_String($xml);

// // ACTIVATE THIS TO LOOK AT THE OBJECT WE JUST MADE
// var_dump($obj);

// ITERATE OVER THE OBJECT TO EXTRACT ARTICLES
foreach ($obj as $article)
{
    // RENDER EACH ARTICLE INTO XML
    $str = $article->AsXML();
    echo PHP_EOL;
    echo htmlentities($str);
    echo PHP_EOL;
}

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szewkamCommented:
There is a couple of solution for your problem. For example use SimpleXML from php (code snippet)
You could also use regular expression (http://pl.php.net/manual/en/function.preg-match-all.php)


<?php
$xmlstr = "<articles>
<article code='1'>
 <title>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>";

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($xmlstr);

foreach($xml->article as $article) {
  echo $article->title.'<br />'.$article->body.'<br />';
}

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hungoveragainAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately this doesn't give me XML. Please also bear in mind that I won't necessarily know what the tags / attributes are. There may be some attributes that change dynamically.

if the XML is
<articles>
<article code='1'>
 <title>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>

I will need the string to be

"<article code='1'><title>Some Title</title><body>Some Text</body></article>"

but if there is an additional attribute such as name='somename' the string will need to be

"<article code='1' name='somename'><title>Some Title</title><body>Some Text</body></article>"

Basically I need a substring that starts with each <article> and ends with each </article> but including those.

Thanks

Mike
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szewkamCommented:
even with additional attribute that string is pure xml and simple_xml will deal with it without problems, and my script will work.
As long as all your atricles are in <article>, titles and bodies in <title>,<body> this will work despite of extra arguments
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hungoveragainAuthor Commented:
But the code above doesn't spit out valid XML

Using your above code I get

SomeTitle<br />
SomeText<br />
AnotherTitle<br />
Some More Text<br />

what I need is

"<article code='1'><title>Some Title</title><body>Some Text</body></article>"

Additionally if there are some unexpected tags or attributes within the XML they will be missed.

Mike
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Beverley PortlockCommented:
I would use SimpleXML myself, but if your XML is in a string, here is a code fragment that uses a regex to pull the data

<?php

$xmlString = "<articles>
<article code='1'>
 <title>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>";


preg_match_all( '!(<article\s+[^>]*>.*?</article>)!s', $xmlString, $matches );

print_r( $matches [1] );

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hungoveragainAuthor Commented:
Just for the sake of clarity I intend to put the XML in a database table.

code || xml
1 || <article code='1'><title>Some Title</title><body>Some Text</body></article>
2 || <article code='2'><title>Another Title</title><body>Some More Text</body></article>

and so on.

Mike
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szewkamCommented:
ok, I didn't undestand what you are trying to achieve.
using my code (in snippet).
<?php
$xmlstr = "<articles>
<article code='1' sometag='test'>
 <title anotherattribute='0'>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>";

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($xmlstr);

foreach($xml->article as $article) {
  echo "<article code='".$article['code']."'><title>".$article->title."</title><body>".$article->body."</body></article>";
}

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Beverley PortlockCommented:
UNTESTED code below

<?php

$xmlString = "<articles>
<article code='1'>
 <title>Some Title</title>
 <body>Some Text</body>
</article>
<article code='2'>
 <title>Another Title</title>
 <body>Some More Text</body>
</article>
</articles>";


preg_match_all( '!(<article\s+[^>]*>.*?</article>)!s', $xmlString, $matches );

foreach( $matches[1] as $aMatch ) {

     preg_match('!.+code=\'([0-9]+)\'.+!s', $aMatch, $codeArray );

     if ( isset( $codeArray[1] ) ) {
          mysql_query("INSERT INTO myTable ( code, xml ) VALUES( {$codeArray[1]}, '". mysql_real_escape_string( $aMatch )."' ) ");
     }
}

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Ray PaseurCommented:
Thanks for the points - it's a really good question, ~Ray
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