[rdfweb-dev] RDF Parsers

Julian Bond julian_bond at voidstar.com
Mon Aug 11 08:19:32 UTC 2003

Edd Dumbill <edd at usefulinc.com> wrote:
>As I've said elsewhere, RDF parsers
>are plentiful enough now.  There need to be very very strong reasons not
>to use one.

I'll try for some light instead of heat ;)

- Jena seems well respected and widely used
- ARP. Any comments?

- RDF-API is pretty complete and improving fast. Has trouble with large 
models. It now supports querying triples in a large SQL triple store but 
a model has to be imported into memory before being written to the dbms. 
Nothing else worth looking at.
- I would love to see a native C PHP module for RDF in the same style as 
DOM, expat, XML-RPC and others.

- RDF::Core
- ??

- cwm.py ?
- ??

- Drive. Mixed reports. One person I know threw it out due to bugs and 
function limitations.
- Jason Diamond RDF Reader. That person is trying with this

Redland-Raptor. No Windows binaries so that counts it out for me. I 
don't have time to try and create a windows build environment for both 
this and php. Although a lot of my deployment is on LAMP, I develop on 
windows (WAMP!). Build instructions for php are minimal so even on LAMP 
this might be awkward. Consequently, I've no idea if it's any good.



If and when we get to the point where there is an obvious market leader 
for each environment, is it sensible to think about some standard code 
for parsing rdf files that are primarily foaf? Something along the lines 
of Mark Pilgrim's "Ultra liberal feed parser". While ignoring the "ultra 
liberal" bit of course, I don't want to go there! Perhaps this is where 
XML::FOAF is heading?

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