[jdom-interest] getText

Brett McLaughlin brett.mclaughlin at lutris.com
Wed Oct 4 09:09:45 PDT 2000

OK. Executive decision. 

getText() no longer returns null, it returns the empty String, when
there is either no content or empty content, etc.

The only negative I heard was that comparison to null was less costly
than comparison to "" with .equals(). This is true; however, I think the
typical code ends up being this anyway:

String text = element.getText();
if ((text != null) && (!text.equals("")) {
  System.out.println("Element text is " + text);

in which case you use both. So you actually save this way.

So I'm putting it in CVS now.


Brett McLaughlin, Enhydra Strategist
Lutris Technologies, Inc. 
1200 Pacific Avenue, Suite 300 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA 

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