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Using YAML to Decrease Data Transfer Bandwidth Requirements : Page 3

This new alternative to XML ain't markup language, but for data serialization, it serves the same purpose, albeit with greater brevity!




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Writing the PHP Script
For this article, the goal is to create a PHP script that queries this database and generates YAML from it. The brevity of the following PHP code reflects the ease and brevity of YAML itself.

<?php $dbconn = @mysql_connect('localhost', 'root', ''); if (!$dbconn) { die('Error connecting to DB!'); } if (! @mysql_select_db('PriceHistory') ) { die( '<p>Unable to locate the main ' . 'database at this time.</p>' ); } $strSql = "select * from Prices"; $result= mysql_query($strSql) or die(mysql_error()); echo("---\r\n"); if($result) { while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($result)) { echo("Day: \"" . $row['date'] . "\"\r\n"); echo("values:\r\n"); echo(" - open: " . $row['open'] . "\r\n"); echo(" - close: " . $row['close'] . "\r\n"); echo(" - high: " . $row['high'] . "\r\n"); echo(" - low: " . $row['low'] . "\r\n"); } } ?>

The code is quite simple—it outputs a YAML document with the format shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Output YAML Document: The table shows a single record from the YAML document created by querying the database and formatting the results in PHP, along with comments explaining the YAML syntax.
YAML Comments

--- Day: "2004-12-27" Values: open: 27.01 close: 26.85 high: 27.10 low: 26.82 Day: .

Start the document Start a data section, for this day We'll be populating values with a series of data Use '-' for a series of data. Therefore, the values for open, close, high and low are in the values Start another day series for this day

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