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Appending Dynamic Data to existing XML file in PHP

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I have two php file

createxmlfile.php and display.php

I am trying to append the text which i insert through display.php file and create a new xmlfile call phpxml1.php

everything works perfectly, except it also add duplicate date, I need a hint, how can i avoid inserting duplicate data  


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Create Xml File In PHP</title>
<p>Please fill following Data</p>
<Form action="display.php" method="post">
ID :<input type="text" id="id" name="id" />
Name : <input type="text" id="name" name="name" />

<input type="submit" id="submit" value="Submit">




function c_element($e_name,$parent){
 global $xml;
 return $node;
function c_value($value,$parent){
 global $xml;
 $value = $xml->createTextNode($value);
 return $value;



$s_id = $_POST['id'];
$s_name = $_POST['name'];

echo $s_id. '<br>' .$s_name;
$xml =new DOMDocument("1.0");


$id=c_element("id", $student);

$name = c_element("name", $student);

//$xml= new DOMDocument("1.0","utf-8");
//$employee = $xml->createElement("employee");
//$employee = $xml->appendChild($employee);

//$empname = $xml->createElement("empname",$name);
//$empname = $employee->appendChild($empname);

//$empemail = $xml->createElement("empemail",$email);
//$price= $employee->appendChild($empemail);



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Well, the data what i insert here from form which, is createxmlfile.php and display.php 

makes new xml file called xmlphp1.xml

it gives me the results

for example

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

so I have these data in my xml file if I try inserting same data let say Paul or 123 it should show me the message that the name is already exists.

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xml is designed/intended to be used as a data exchange format between different systems. it is not designed to be a database. all the extra code and processing needed to treat is as a database, and in your case to prevent adding duplicate data, is not efficient.


in order to prevent duplicated data, you would need to search/parse through the "xmlphp1.xml" values and test to make sure that the newly submitted data isn't already present.


unless your assignment is to devise how to find duplicate data using xml, an alternate approach would be to store the actual data in a database or at a minimum a serialized/json array stored in a file, so that php can easily read it into a native php array and process it. testing/preventing duplicates would occur either in a database query or using php's array functions. you would then simply iterate over the actual data and output it as xml only when needed.

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