This isn't a technical problem with xampp. I want to know if, instead of using xampp to create a website, if I can use it to organize and store data about existing forums. I have already downloaded the forum threads I want in xml so I could either a) use xampp to scan them and create a database or b) I can download them again and organize them as I go if I can program xampp to do that. I want to organize the forum postings according to thread, username, date, location, and post (of course). I watched several of the tutorial videos about xampp but they're mostly about making a database which then gets filled as users join your forum. I want to do something like the reverse. If xampp cannot do this then I'll be happy to hear about tools that can.
Just so you know, I'm not up to anything shady. I'm a sociologist analyzing the language used in public forum postings and I have IRB (Internal Review Board) approval for this project. I'm just not programming savvy... Anyway. thanks in advance. I appreciate your reading my post!
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