Chapter 14. Text Processing

As a developer, I prefer editing in plain text. XML doesn’t count.

—Wesley Chun, July 2009(verbally at OSCON conference)

In this chapter...

Comma-Separated Values

JavaScript Object Notation

Extensible Markup Language

Related Modules

Regardless of what type of applications you create, inevitably, you will need to process human-readable data, which is referred to generally as text. Python’s standard library provides three text processing modules and packages to help you get this job done: csv, json, and xml. We’ll explore these briefly in that order in this chapter.

At the end, we’ll merge together XML along with some of the client-server knowledge you acquired from Chapter 2, “Network Programming,” and show ...

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