13 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2017 2:01 PM by WolfShade

    ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??

    WolfShade Level 4

      Hello, all,

       

      I've been handed a project - a very simple one - that involves uploading an XML document, parsing the data, and then populating a database with the results.

       

      However, what isn't simple is the XML document.  It's slightly over 3mb in size.

       

      I'm setting a variable with the XML document contents (XmlParse()), and am using (successfully, for the most part) XmlSearch() to get the data.

       

      However, I have run into a bit of a snag; and I'm not having much luck on Google.

       

      The data is for locations around the US - each location has one ID, one Name, one City, one State, one Zip code.  But each location has multiple phone numbers and email addresses.  I'm trying to parse the data in such a way as I can loop through child nodes of the main information and grab only one email address and one phone number.

       

      But no matter what I do, I cannot seem to extract a "length" or structcount of the child nodes that contain the email and phone contact information.  I have tried StructCount(), ArrayLen(), xmlElement.length, and other things to no avail.  Most of the error messages are: "element is undefined in Java object of type class coldfusion.xml.XmlNodeMap referenced as ''"  Huh? 

       

      Anyhoo.. it's almost time to go home, but I'll try to get some code examples up, when I can.

       

      V/r,

       

      ^_^

        • 1. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
          WolfShade Level 4

          Okay.. I have some pseudo-code samples.

           

          Here is a basic XML structure that I'm working with:

           

          <?xml version="1.0" encoding="WINDOWS-1252" ?>
          <contact_info>
              <list_g_org_id>
                  <g_org_id>
                      <org_id1>1000</org_id1>
                      <list_g_info>
                          <g_info>
                              <country>UNITED STATES</country>
                              ...
                              <pp_org_id>543</pp_org_id>
                              ...
                              <email_org_id>
                                  <org_id>
                                      <org_idp>234</org_idp>
                                      <org_email>
                                          <pp_email>
                                              <email_type>Customer Service</email_type>
                                              <email_address>john.doe@this.org</email_address>
                                          </pp_email>
                                          <pp_email>
                                              <email_type>Distribution</email_type>
                                              <email_address>jane.doe@this.org</email_address>
                                          </pp_email>
                                          <pp_email>
                                              <email_type>Billing</email_type>
                                              <email_address>jacob.doe@this.org</email_address>
                                          </pp_email>
                                      </org_email>
                                  </org_id>
                              </email_org_id>
                          </g_info>
                      </list_g_info>
                  </g_org_id>
              </list_g_org_id>
              <list_g_org_id>
              ... repeat 1000x
              </list_g_org_id>
          </contact_info>
          

           

          Truncated because it's just too freakin' long, but this is the basic layout.

           

          Now, I set a variable with the XML document object as the value.

           

          thisXML = XmlParse(xmlObj);
          DATA_ARRAY = XmlSearch(thisXML,'/contact_info/list_g_org_id');
          

           

          This can get me most of the information that I need to work with.  I can get the org_id (1000) by using:

          DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.org_id1.XmlText;
          DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.country.XmlText;
          

          etc and so on..

           

          But when I try to get a length of how many email addresses an org has (it won't always be a set number), I keep getting error messages about something being undefined.  What is the proper CF method of accessing XML node children/information?

           

          V/r,

           

          ^_^

          • 2. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
            haxtbh Level 4

            What code are you using to retrieve the email count?

             

            I assume when you dump it all out you can see it all there?

            • 3. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
              WolfShade Level 4

              Hi, haxtbh,

              What code are you using to retrieve the email count?

              I've forgotten all the different things I've tried, but the ones I remember:

              EMAIL_count = DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.length
              EMAIL_count = DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.XmlChildren.length
              EMAIL_count = ArrayLen(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email)
              EMAIL_count = StructCount(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email)
              EMAIL_count = ArrayLen(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.XmlChildren)
              EMAIL_count = StructCount(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.XmlChildren)
              

              I assume when you dump it all out you can see it all there?

              Yep, yep.

               

              V/r,

               

              ^_^

              • 4. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                Dave Ferguson Level 3

                This is where using the xmlChildren syntax will help.

                 

                If you use: DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.XMLChildren

                 

                You will get an array of child nodes.  You can then use arraylen and other array function on that to get the data and counts.

                • 5. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                  Dave Ferguson Level 3

                  I tested your examples and out of them only 2 worked.

                   

                    EMAIL_count = ArrayLen(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email)  ;

                    EMAIL_count = ArrayLen(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.XmlChi ldren); 

                   

                  These even worked if the org_email node was empty.

                  • 6. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                    WolfShade Level 4

                    Per line 05 of my posted code examples, I've already tried ArrayLen() of the XmlChildren and still get the "element is undefined in Java object of type class coldfusion.xml.XmlNodeMap referenced as ''" error message.  Since I'm assigning the XmlSearch() to the XML, already, could this be screwing things up?

                     

                    V/r,

                     

                    ^_^

                    • 7. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                      Dave Ferguson Level 3

                      I used your exact code and it worked just fine.  What version of CF are you running?  My tests were ran against CF11.  You might want to check the element exists before you try and get the length or wrap it in a try/catch.

                      • 8. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                        WolfShade Level 4

                        I am running CF 10,0,16,293499 on Tomcat 7.0.54.0 Java 1.8.0_31 and HotFix 16.

                         

                        I have added a CFDUMP / CFABORT after running the XmlSearch to get DATA_ARRAY, and on the first org record the dump is showing that there are seven XmlChildren (appearing as "xml element") for DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info.email_org_id.org_id.org_email.

                         

                        smh.. I appreciate you running my code locally.  Maybe it's because I'm on CF10??

                         

                        V/r,

                         

                        ^_^

                        • 9. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                          haxtbh Level 4

                          Tested this in 10,11 and 2016 and it all seems to be ok.

                           

                           

                          http://trycf.com/gist/321619630e8f7b5a404e7df787061520/acf11?theme=monokai

                           

                          Rough gist of it, didnt loop just grabbed the first element of the array.

                          • 10. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                            WolfShade Level 4

                            *headdesk*  *headdesk*  *headdesk*

                             

                            I just searched the XML document.  Out of the slightly-more-than 1000 records, not all of them have "email_org_id".  WTF??

                             

                            Sorry.. we are getting this XML from the customer, who (apparently) doesn't understand what we mean when we ask "Do all orgs within record have all elements, even if empty, in the XML data?"  (As you suggested in #7.)

                             

                            Which brings me to my next question.. how do I check if the XML element exists before checking for length???  I know how to check CF elements (StructKeyExists(scope,'variable')), but not XML from XmlSearch().

                             

                            V/r,

                             

                            ^_^

                            • 11. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                              haxtbh Level 4

                              You should be able to do something like StructKeyExists(DATA_ARRAY[idx].g_org_id.list_g_info.g_info, "email_org_id")

                              • 12. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                                WolfShade Level 4

                                Wasn't sure if StructKeyExists() would work on the XML document object, but apparently it does!  Thank you, haxtbh.

                                 

                                V/r,

                                 

                                ^_^

                                 

                                (Now I just have to get it to loop through those (if they exist) and pick the right one.  Sigh of relief.)

                                • 13. Re: ColdFusion and XML - what am I doing incorrectly??
                                  WolfShade Level 4

                                  FOLLOW UP:  The customer isn't making this easy.  Not following consistent rules regarding empty values.  Some XML empty values are:

                                  <element_a>
                                      <type_a></type_a>
                                      <addr_a></addr_a>
                                  </element_a>
                                  

                                   

                                  Yet others are:

                                  <element_a/>
                                        - or -
                                  <element_a>
                                      <type_a/>
                                      <addr_a/>
                                  </element_a>
                                  

                                   

                                  *headdesk*  *headdesk*

                                   

                                  V/r,

                                   

                                  ^_^