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The Java™ EE 5 Tutorial, Third Edition: For Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 9 by Kim Haase, Scott Fordin, Ian Evans, Debbie Carson, Jennifer Ball, Eric Jendrock

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Chapter 17. Streaming API for XML

This chapter focuses on the Streaming API for XML (StAX), a streaming Java-based, event-driven, pull-parsing API for reading and writing XML documents. StAX enables you to create bidrectional XML parsers that are fast, relatively easy to program, and have a light memory footprint.

StAX is the latest API in the JAXP family, and provides an alternative to SAX, DOM, TrAX, and DOM for developers looking to do high-performance stream filtering, processing, and modification, particularly with low memory and limited extensibility requirements.

To summarize, StAX provides a standard, bidirectional pull parser interface for streaming XML processing, offering a simpler programming model than SAX and more efficient memory ...

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