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XDO: An XML Engine Class for Classic ASP

In this article, Carlos explains how to integrate XML into your applications using ASP.

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By: Carlos Baptiste
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March 25, 2003
  1. · XDO: An XML Engine Class for Classic ASP
  2. · Conclusion

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XDO: An XML Engine Class for Classic ASP - Conclusion
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Though the demo is implemented as VBScript classes, this model is easily translated to COM or other platforms. I have used VBScript classes because some of my clients and my web-host do not support custom COM development.

XDO facilitates the creation of XSL templates by rendering element-based (also called tag-based) XML. Element-based XML, unlike attribute-based XML (like that of ADO), uses a simpler XSL syntax. This makes creation or updating of XSL templates, which render HTML, much easier. Also, the XML document object model (or DOM) still allows searching and sorting of data and requires less overhead than an ADO Recordsets.

Persistence to the database is not mentioned in this model. However, there are a number of ways to address this. One might extend the XDO object to support persistence to the database. Another method might be to create a separate database persistence object to handle this function. Either way this function would also be encapsulated by the business object and not directly called by the ASP page.

This framework separates web applications into different tiers, a data tier, a business rules tier, and the presentation tier. This delegation of duties is clearly delineated with XDO, ADO, and the database making up the data tier, the CustomerXMLEngine in the business rules tier, and XML, XSL and HTML in the presentation tier.

Extending a business object is as simple as adding the new method and altering the default page to process the inputs and render the appropriate interface with XSL. Adding a new Business object, like an EmployeeXMLEngine, is easy to create with the CustomerXMLEngine as a template. The result is a flexible architecture that is easy to expand and maintain.

Further Reading:
Creating a Datagrid Class in classic ASP - 2-Dimensional Arrays by Brian O'Connell
A Generic GetRows VBScript Class
Using Classes in ASP (OOP in ASP/VBScript - Part #2) by Marcus Brinkhoff
Converting Hierarchical Recordsets Into XML By Richard Chisholm
Increasing ConvertRStoXML() Performance By David O'Neill
An ASP Class for XML Data Transfer by Seth Juarez

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