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    Hello all! This is my first post here. Nice to meet you!

    I am quite a novice when it comes to programming. I have taken a basic java course, but not much more. I work for a company that sells products online across multiple formats.

    I am trying to streamline our inventory from our online store, Amazon, and google shopping. I am looking to write a program that can access the various shopping APIs, write inventory to XML, then update prices and send the properly formatted XML inventory to its respective destination. I believe this can be accomplished with java. Can anyone point me in the right direction or give me a general workflow for crafting such a program? Thanks!

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    Hello and welcome!

    I'm sure you can do this with java assuming the amazon store APIs are public and web based. As to the specifics on setting that up, I couldn't tell you - you'd need to look at amazon's developer resourced in that regard. However, the other part of your question, I can help with that.

    You can parse and generate XML quite easily in Java. In the past I've used a package called "SimpleXML" to do both. Essentially, you create java objects that represent the XML elements you're trying to read or create. Parsing XML is as simple as tossing an XML document at your model, and wham, the objects and fields will all be filled in with the data from the XML file. The same works for generating XML, you just create your java objects and simpleXML spits out a nice XML file.

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    Thanks so much for the response. I have registered for the Amazon MWS API and I am going over the documentation. It's been a while since I have written any code, but I am excited to give it a try. Time to fire up my IDE! Wish me luck!

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    Good luck! Let us know how you make out.

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