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XML Language Server and the VSCode Extension

XML Language Server and the VSCode Extension

 

For my first and ongoing project as an intern at Red Hat, I’ve been working alongside Angelo Zerr and Fred Bricon to develop an implementation of the Language Server Protocol (LSP) for XML. Through the XML language server,  developer tools like VSCode and Eclipse receive XML syntax highlighting and checking, code completion, document folding, etc.  At the moment we appear to have the most feature rich XML language server implementation, including our Schema-based support which is an essential XML feature that we are most proud of. Combined, all these features make it much easier for developers to work on any type of project involving XML, from the comfort of their favorite editor or IDE.

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XML editing with Bash script

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Countless products uses XML files, whether it is for data persistence, serialization or mere configuration. This is even more true when it comes to the Red Hat middleware portfolio, the JBoss projects having always been keen on using this format for configuration files – on top of the ones specified by JEE such as the famous (or infamous ?) web.xml.  While the XML format has some definitive qualities, it is not the easiest format to parse, and this often causes issues when integrating product inside an RPM or designing an automated installation procedure.

As I’ve been working on such automation for most of my career, I’ve picked up a bunch of nifty tricks and also designed some useful practices that I wanted to share on this blog.

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