On 6/23/07, cardboard42 / gmail.com <cardboard42 / gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jun 22, 7:27 pm, "Colin Summers" <blade... / gmail.com> wrote:
> > Okay, so I am scraping the FAA site and keeping track of some airplanes.
> >
> > A lot of the time I get a tail number and I have it already, so I am
> > going to store the important information in a file that is
> > {tailnumber}.xml
> >
> > That way I can add some of my own information (email address of owner,
> > airport last sighted).
> >
> > I've never written any xml. But apparently there are gems I could add
> > to my Ruby installation which would let me write it.
> >
> > Suggestions for where to start?
> >
> > I assume I'll wind up with a file that has
> > <model>DA20</model>
> > <serial>408.21</serial>
> >
> > and I can say things like
> >   serial = xml('serial')
> > and
> >   xml(serial) = '408.21'
> > right?
> >
> > I can picture writing these things, but I bet someone has already done the work.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > --Colin
>
> Why bother with xml at all? For something this small YAML would work
> just as well and requires less work too.

Oh, for some reason I thought the OP was scraping XML files and wanted
to keep the structure intact but just change parts.  If all that is
needed is data persistence, YAML is a better choice for sure.