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Lessons learned from migrating a native iOS app to Flutter
2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 9 Jan 2022
In the article, he mentions the need for a DOM parser dependency for his app, as Swift “does not have one.”
> AEXML was needed to parse some XHTML files as the native iOS SDK does not provide a DOM parser.
I have used Foundation XML parsers for many years, but they are general-purpose; not specifically modeled on DOM or HTML, which probably limits usefulness on some Web content.
That said, if he has control of the content (don’t know the app, so I am not sure), then there should be no reason that they couldn’t render it in XHTML, so the Foundation parser could be used reliably. In the article, he mentions that the content is XHTML. I have to assume that AEXML is easier to use than the built-in parser. It uses Foundation parsing (it actually seems to be a lightweight wrapper for the built-in parser(, under the hood (and seems to be a well-written dependency).
So, it could be posited that he would only need one dependency for his native version, if he wanted to handle the XHTML parsing, himself.
Creating an Apple TV app with SwiftUI
2 projects | dev.to | 25 May 2022
In the function, we first call the parse() function of SWXMLHash on our input, and then iterate over the returned SWXMLHash.XMLIndexer value. Depending on the format of the input, we'll either iterate over every entry inside the feed, or every item inside the channel; create an VideoItem object for each, and append it to either our liveVideoItems or videoItems array.
What are some alternatives?
SwiftyXML - The most swifty way to deal with XML data in swift 5.
Fuzi - A fast & lightweight XML & HTML parser in Swift with XPath & CSS support
AlamofireXmlToObjects - Fetch a XML feed and parse it into objects
XMLCoder - Easy XML parsing using Codable protocols in Swift
XMLParser - A lightweight XMLParser for assembling and parsing XML values written for iOS 8+ in Swift 2.
XMLMapper - A simple way to map XML to Objects written in Swift
HTMLKit - An Objective-C framework for your everyday HTML needs.
CheatyXML - CheatyXML is a Swift framework designed to manage XML easily