[jdom-interest] NoSuch*Exceptions in JDOM

Brett McLaughlin brett.mclaughlin at lutris.com
Thu Jun 15 14:57:01 PDT 2000

Simon Rade wrote:
> Hi!
> Element's methods getAttribute() and getChild() now throws
> NoSuchElementException and NoSuchAttributeException.
> Do you think this is better than returning null in such cases?
> Since it often happens that you don't know whether child or attribute
> exists and it is very awkward to handle those Exceptions.

Yup. We went over this a bit - you don't want to ever have to really
check for null in code, it isn't that great of a practice. You can
always do

List children = element.getChildren("elementName");

and check the list's length if you don't want to deal with an Exception.


> Bye,
> Simon
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Brett McLaughlin
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