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Additional mapping nodes and other utility code for working with XML::Mapping.

Extension methods

This gem adds two methods, write_xml and parse_xml, to XML mapping instances and classes respectively, to reduce boilerplate.

The write_xml method supplements [XML::Mapping#save_to_xml] by writing the object out as a String rather than as an REXML::Element.

elem = MyElement.new
elem.attribute = 123
elem.text = 'element text'
elem.children = ['child 1', 'child 2']
puts elem.write_xml


<my-element attribute='123'>
  element text
  <child>child 1</child>
  <child>child 2</child>

The parse_xml method supplements XML::Mapping::ClassMethods#load_from_xml by abstracting away the difference between strings, XML documents, XML elements, files, and IO-like objects.

my_xml_path = 'my_xml.xml'
my_xml_file = File.new(my_xml_path)
my_xml_string = File.read(my_xml_path)
my_xml_io = StringIO.new(my_xml_string)
my_xml_document = REXML::Document.new(my_xml_string)
my_xml_element = my_xml_document.root

# Standard XML::Mapping load_from_xml method
elem = MyXMLClass.load_from_xml(my_xml_element)

# parse_xml equivalent
[my_xml_file, my_xml_string, my_xml_io, my_xml_document, my_xml_element].each do |xml_source|
  expect(MyXMLClass.parse_xml(xml_source)).to eq(elem) # assuming MyXMLClass implements ==

Custom nodes

To create a custom node type, require xml/mapping_extensions and extend one of the abstract node classes, or use one of the provided implementations.

Abstract nodes

  • NodeBase: Base class for simple single-attribute nodes that convert XML strings to object values.

Note that you must call ::XML::Mapping.add_node_class for your new node class to be registered with the XML mapping engine.


class LaTeXRationalNode < XML::MappingExtensions::NodeBase
  def to_value(xml_text)
    match_data = /\\frac\{([0-9.]+)\}\{([0-9.]+)\}/.match(xml_text)

  def to_xml_text(value)

Provided implementations

  • DateNode: maps XML Schema dates to Date objects
  • TimeNode: ISO 8601 strings to Time objects
  • UriNode: maps URI strings to URI objects
  • MimeTypeNode: maps MIME type strings to MIME::Type objects
  • TypesafeEnumNode: maps XML strings to typesafe_enum values


require 'xml/mapping_extensions'
require 'rexml/document'

class MyElem
  include ::XML::Mapping

  root_element_name 'my_elem'

  date_node :plain_date, 'plain_date'
  date_node :zulu_date, 'zulu_date', zulu: true
  time_node :time, 'time'
  uri_node :uri, 'uri'
  mime_type_node :mime_type, 'mime_type'

Reading XML:

xml_str = '<my_elem>

xml_doc = REXML::Document.new(xml_str)
xml_elem = xml_doc.root

elem = MyElem.load_from_xml(xml_elem)

puts elem.plain_date.inspect
puts elem.zulu_date.inspect
puts elem.time.inspect
puts elem.uri.inspect
puts elem.mime_type.inspect


#<Date: 1999-12-31 ((2451544j,0s,0n),+0s,2299161j)>
#<Date: 2000-01-01 ((2451545j,0s,0n),+0s,2299161j)>
2000-01-01 02:34:56 UTC
#<URI::HTTP http://example.org>
#<MIME::Type:0x007f864bdc4f78 @friendly={"en"=>"Text File"}, @system=nil, @obsolete=false, @registered=true, @use_instead=nil, @signature=false, @content_type="text/plain", @raw_media_type="text", @raw_sub_type="plain", @simplified="text/plain", @i18n_key="text.plain", @media_type="text", @sub_type="plain", @docs=[], @encoding="quoted-printable", @extensions=["txt", "asc", "c", "cc", "h", "hh", "cpp", "hpp", "dat", "hlp", "conf", "def", "doc", "in", "list", "log", "markdown", "md", "rst", "text", "textile"], @references=["IANA", "RFC2046", "RFC3676", "RFC5147"], @xrefs={"rfc"=>["rfc2046", "rfc3676", "rfc5147"]}>

Writing XML:

elem = MyElem.new
elem.plain_date = Date.new(1999, 12, 31)
elem.zulu_date = Date.new(2000, 1, 1)
elem.time = Time.utc(2000, 1, 1, 2, 34, 56)
elem.uri = URI('http://example.org')
elem.mime_type = MIME::Types['text/plain'].first

xml = elem.save_to_xml

formatter = REXML::Formatters::Pretty.new
formatter.compact = true

puts(formatter.write(xml, ""))