[jdom-interest] getChildren() vs getElements()

Alex Chaffee guru at edamame.stinky.com
Wed Sep 20 10:22:41 PDT 2000

> Actually, I went back and re-read the last set of emails and noticed
> getChildAttributes in Alex's proposal and my badly quoted +1 -
> getChildAttributes is undoubtedly wrong, under any spec. No spec describes
> an attribute as a child. This also explains Jason's -50. My mistake, I
> quoted more than I meant to above my +1. 

Defensively: getChildAttributes() was not part of my proposal.  I said
*IF* we go with getChildElements(), *THEN* we must go with
getChildAttributes() for consistency.  I meant this as a
contrapositive subjunctive. 

My proposal was in fact the opposite: to go with getElements() and

I think it would be ugly to to have getChildX and getY for all X, Y
where X and Y are similar concepts.

In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say that getChildren() is better
than getChildElements() -- conciseness wins over strict accuracy.

But getElements() has both.

 - Alex

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