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from xml.etree import ElementTree

# calling example
def main():
    configdict = ConvertXmlToDict('config.xml')

    # you can access the data as a dictionary
    print configdict['settings']['color']
    configdict['settings']['color'] = 'red'

    # or you can access it like object attributes
    print configdict.settings.color
    configdict.settings.color = 'red'

    root = ConvertDictToXml(configdict)

    tree = ElementTree.ElementTree(root)

# Module Code:

class XmlDictObject(dict):
    Adds object like functionality to the standard dictionary.

    def __init__(self, initdict=None):
        if initdict is None:
            initdict = {}
        dict.__init__(self, initdict)
    def __getattr__(self, item):
        return self.__getitem__(item)
    def __setattr__(self, item, value):
        self.__setitem__(item, value)
    def __str__(self):
        if self.has_key('_text'):
            return self.__getitem__('_text')
            return ''

    def Wrap(x):
        Static method to wrap a dictionary recursively as an XmlDictObject

        if isinstance(x, dict):
            return XmlDictObject((k, XmlDictObject.Wrap(v)) for (k, v) in x.iteritems())
        elif isinstance(x, list):
            return [XmlDictObject.Wrap(v) for v in x]
            return x

    def _UnWrap(x):
        if isinstance(x, dict):
            return dict((k, XmlDictObject._UnWrap(v)) for (k, v) in x.iteritems())
        elif isinstance(x, list):
            return [XmlDictObject._UnWrap(v) for v in x]
            return x
    def UnWrap(self):
        Recursively converts an XmlDictObject to a standard dictionary and returns the result.

        return XmlDictObject._UnWrap(self)

def _ConvertDictToXmlRecurse(parent, dictitem):
    assert type(dictitem) is not type([])

    if isinstance(dictitem, dict):
        for (tag, child) in dictitem.iteritems():
            if str(tag) == '_text':
                parent.text = str(child)
            elif type(child) is type([]):
                # iterate through the array and convert
                for listchild in child:
                    elem = ElementTree.Element(tag)
                    _ConvertDictToXmlRecurse(elem, listchild)
                elem = ElementTree.Element(tag)
                _ConvertDictToXmlRecurse(elem, child)
        parent.text = str(dictitem)
def ConvertDictToXml(xmldict):
    Converts a dictionary to an XML ElementTree Element 

    roottag = xmldict.keys()[0]
    root = ElementTree.Element(roottag)
    _ConvertDictToXmlRecurse(root, xmldict[roottag])
    return root

def _ConvertXmlToDictRecurse(node, dictclass):
    nodedict = dictclass()
    if len(node.items()) > 0:
        # if we have attributes, set them
    for child in node:
        # recursively add the element's children
        newitem = _ConvertXmlToDictRecurse(child, dictclass)
        if nodedict.has_key(child.tag):
            # found duplicate tag, force a list
            if type(nodedict[child.tag]) is type([]):
                # append to existing list
                # convert to list
                nodedict[child.tag] = [nodedict[child.tag], newitem]
            # only one, directly set the dictionary
            nodedict[child.tag] = newitem

    if node.text is None: 
        text = ''
        text = node.text.strip()
    if len(nodedict) > 0:            
        # if we have a dictionary add the text as a dictionary value (if there is any)
        if len(text) > 0:
            nodedict['_text'] = text
        # if we don't have child nodes or attributes, just set the text
        nodedict = text
    return nodedict
def ConvertXmlToDict(root, dictclass=XmlDictObject):
    Converts an XML file or ElementTree Element to a dictionary

    # If a string is passed in, try to open it as a file
    if type(root) == type(''):
        root = ElementTree.parse(root).getroot()
    elif not isinstance(root, ElementTree.Element):
        raise TypeError, 'Expected ElementTree.Element or file path string'

    return dictclass({root.tag: _ConvertXmlToDictRecurse(root, dictclass)})

if __name__ == '__main__':


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