Project Description
X2ml (X to ML) is meant to ease and speed-up the emission of markup code (such as HTML) in your C# projects.
Using X2ml you emit XML code combining strings and operators. It even supports templating and data-binding through lambda expressions.

Simple usage

var x = X.X2ml;
var x2ml = x["html"] / "body" / "h1" * "Hello X!";
var code = x2ml.ToXmlString();

Advanced usages 

1) You can blend X2ml and Linq to build an XHTML code filled with data

var tableInRam = new Dictionary<string, decimal>
                     {"Jan", 1000M},
                     {"Feb", 2000M},
                     {"Mar", 3000M}
//Building documents from Linq expressions is easy! 
var x = X.X2ml; //X is the magic class
var q = x["html"]/"body"/"table" //This looks like a breadcrumb
* "@align=center" /
from row in tableInRam
select x["tr"] //This syntax is shorter than new X("tr"), which is allowed too
/ "th" * row.Key //The slash '/'operator creates a child; it works with IEnumerable<X> too
% "td" * row.Value.ToString(); //The percentage '%' operator creates siblings
var xml = q.ToXmlString(); //This one builds the XML fragment
//Compare the previous code with this equivalent Linq2Xml snippet:
var xe = new XElement("html",
                            new XElement("body",
                                new XElement("table",
                                    new XAttribute("align", "center"),
                                    from row in tableInRam
                                    select new XElement("tr",
                                           new XElement("th", row.Key),
                                           new XElement("td", row.Value.ToString())))));
var xml2 = xe.ToString();

2) You can bind an X2ml template to a data source and use lambda expressions to declare dependencies.  

var tableInRam = new Dictionary<string, decimal> 
{"Jan", 1000M},
{"Feb", 2000M},
{"Mar", 3000M}
ar x = X.X2ml; var template = x["html"] / "body"
/ "table" * "@align=center"
/ "tr" * X.BindTo(tableInRam) // X.BindTo(IEnumerable<T>) binds a container element to a data source / "th" * ((e,i) => String.Format("#{0}, {1}", i+1, e.Key)) // You can use a Func<T,int,object> to declare a binding dependency % "td" * (e => e.Value); //If you don't need the item's index, you can use a Func<T,object> to set a binding dependency
var xml = q.ToXmlString(); //This one builds the following XML fragment
<table align='center'>
<tr><th>#1, Jan</th><td>1000</td></tr>
<tr><th>#2, Feb</th><td>2000</td></tr>
<tr><th>#3, Mar</th><td>3000</td></tr>

3) You can build a template, bind it to a data source and get a collection of XML fragments filled with proper data:

var x = X.X2ml;
var chars = new[] { '0', '1' };  // the data source

var template = x["A"] * X.BindTo(chars)
                / "B" * (c => c.ToString() + "|" + c.ToString()) 
                % "C" * (c => "fixed")
                % "D" * "const"; 
IEnumerable<X> xes = template.DataRoot.BindAndSpawn();

In the previous code, xes is a collection of standard X objects. For instance xes.First().ToXmlString() returns the following XML fragment:


4) You can occasionally find more about X2ml on this blog.

Last edited Dec 6, 2011 at 8:54 PM by Hemme, version 28