Structure is nothing if it is all you got. Skeletons spook people if they try to walk around on their own. I really wonder why XML does not.
XML doesn’t get much respect from the Rails community. It’s “enterprisey.” In the Ruby world, that other markup language, YAML (Yet Another Markup Language), gets a heck of a lot more attention. However, use of XML is a fact of life for many applications, especially when it comes to interoperability with other systems. Luckily, Ruby on Rails gives us some pretty good functionality-related to XML.
This chapter examines how to both generate and parse XML in your Rails applications, starting with a thorough examination of the
to_xml method that all objects have ...