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What to do When Your @FamilyTreeDNA Autosomal Results Come In - Blog entry by lkessler - 10 Jan 2017

... or Excel CSV is a comma delimited text format. Excel isn’t really Excel but is XML. It doesn’t matter which one you use. They both contain the same information. And Excel or any spreadsheet software can read them both. I usually use CSV, so hit the CSV button and download the file.  It will be called something like: nnnnnn_Family_Finders_Matches_yyyymmdd.csv. ...

Seven Years of Improvements - Blog entry by lkessler - 12 Jul 2015

... newer versions of Delphi include improved JSON low level processing and an improved XML engine. There were supposedly style improvements that take on the Theme of the O/S (Vista, Windows 7, WIndows 8), etc., but other than it adding a blue background to indicate that a toolbar item was selected, I haven’t noticed too much difference. It’s also touch-enabled. XE8 ...

A Bit of History as GEDCOM Approaches Its 30th Year - Blog entry by lkessler - 18 Sep 2014

... was deployed fifteen years later. You would recognize this technology today as an XML-based DBMS, although AIM includes advanced indexing, search and compression concepts that are still unavailable in commercial DBMS products now 30 years later. GEDCOM 1.0 was published and delivered to about 30 attendees of the first GEDCOM Developers' Conference in 1985 in the ...

Nine Necessities in a GEDCOM Replacement - Blog entry by lkessler - 5 Jun 2013

... Data Model Matters. Syntax Doesn’t. There has been too much discussion on whether XML or JSON or whatever be used instead of the GEDCOM syntax. But it doesn’t matter. As long as a basic tree-structure based data model is developed (Pauly, 2011), any syntax can easily and mechanically be translated into another. If so desired, the standard could even allow multiple ...

Whither GEDCOM X? - Blog entry by lkessler - 7 Jun 2012

... on one file, and then unzipped the file to see that it made a thousand JSON XML files. There is no inherent difference between XML and the GEDCOM grammer. They are probably mappable back and forth. There are quite a number of JSON XML components for Delphi to choose from, e.g: ...

My Feedback to GEDCOM X - Blog entry by lkessler - 29 Mar 2012

... Remember, we developers have to program that stuff. Produce a version of your XML using the GEDCOM syntax. It should be a simple mechanical translation. This will not only validate that the XML works, but will also show exactly where and how current GEDCOM differs with GEDCOM X. In addition, it will allow developers to convert into ...

Ryan Heaton: GEDCOM X at RootsTech 2012 - Blog entry by lkessler - 6 Feb 2012

... GEDCOM X file. More choices are needed. Should be able to choose which you want, e.g. XML and JSON, or RDF. XML and JSON is already integrated into FamilySearch products. and and // The project to date has been all FamilySearch's doing. We now need your help. This is the first step. An ...

One Serious Attempt at the Windows 7 Logo - Blog entry by lkessler - 16 Nov 2011

... at the "asInvoker" level. I researched into how to set up the manifest file (it's XML) and then how to embed it as a resource in Behold as required. So the problem must have been the request of an elevated run level, but it doesn't say what part of the program was requesting the elevated run level. 3. "Application did not pass multiuser session compliance check". ...

Build a BetterGEDCOM or learn GEDCOMBetter? - Blog entry by lkessler - 5 Jan 2011

... in my view, and as I said a month ago, think it needs to be brought up-to-date (via XML and Unicode), and maybe could use a few improvements. I'm talking about tweaking - not a major overhaul, An evolution and not a rewrite. But I think I found out what's going on and why the opinion is that GEDCOM is bad. Over at the BetterGEDCOM blog, a blog site run by some of the ...

BetterGEDCOM - Blog entry by lkessler - 7 Dec 2010

... does a decent job. I think GEDCOM only needs a few tweaks: maybe convert it to XML and make it Unicode. Add Places and Citations at the record level. And update its handling of media files. But there are some people that think that it needs more. A new site has been created called BetterGEDCOM and its at This is where a number of ...