Parsing XML Feed to an Array with XPath

Recently while working on a project, I found myself needed to parse several different types of files through the same mechanism (CSV, pipe delimited, XML, and more). I decided that it would be best to get each time of feed to a identical object that could then be run through the same methods regardless of the input type. This tutorial will walk you through using PHP and XPath to parse the values from an XML file and store them into array for later manipulation.

Function – Splitting a string

Splitting a String on a Character There are a lot of functions out there that are very simple and easy to understand but are absolutely necessary to make fully functional applications. This week, we are going to begin with a simple string function: split. The split function (explode in PHP) allow the programmer to take … Continue reading Function – Splitting a string

Handling Errors To Prevent Application Crashes in VB

This tutorial will walk you through a very simple but extremely useful function in programming. When you write code you can never guarantee that specific requirements will be met upon execution and therefore errors are always a possibility. As a coder you need to be able foresee these types of issues and catch them before the application crashes and requires the user to restart it and even worse, lose data that they may have been working on.