I am currently attending Maui Community College, taking classes to fulfil prerequisites to apply for the Master’s in Information and Computer Science program at UH Manoa. I have a BS in Biochemistry from Washington State University and I am looking to enter the field of Bioinformatics. Specifically, I would like to design programs for researchers in the life sciences. My dream is to write programs for researchers in the life sciences to help solve complex problems, such as predicting protein folding/misfolding. I am mainly interested in modeling the protein folding problem.
Home Island: Maui
Institution when accepted: Maui Community College
Akamai Project: C++ Implementation of a Two Phase XML Validator
Project Site: Akimeka
Mentor: Christopher Paris
XML schemas are used to validate the structure of XML documents by defining the content and structure of the XML document. A two phase XML validator was implemented using C++. In phase one, a state machine is created from an XML schema. In phase two, the XML documents are validated using the state machine from phase one. Separate programs were written for each phase to keep the validator lightweight and to make validation faster. The validator handles schemas written in a subset of the Relax NG schema definition language. Phase one of the validator reads a schema using a parser built from the EXPAT XML parser toolkit. This parser creates an object model of the schema. A compiler was then written to convert the object model into a state machine. Phase two consists of a driver program to execute the state machine on an input XML document. The parser was tested using a test XML schema based on the Relax NG subset. My validator will be compared to a mature validator based on a variety of schemas and XML documents.