[jdom-interest] setText() to replace children?
guru at stinky.com
Wed Jul 11 11:34:22 PDT 2001
Steven D. Keens wrote:
> I like your idea but wouldn't it be better if the exception is thrown when
> there is mixed content. Also, getText() could react the same way, by
> throwing an exception if it contains mixed content. Thus, we retain the
> convenience of the two methods (isn't that why they exist, for convenience).
> Plus we have a consistent and symetric API that behaves predictably.
No exceptions! Exceptions are bad! I don't want to have to catch an
exception every time I call getText, and I also don't want my thread to die
with an unchecked exception if the program reads a data file with invalid
mixed content. getText should not throw an exception; it should return a
String like it says it does. I don't even really care what that string
contains as long as it's unambiguous and documented.
(Though I like Rusty's "recurse" proposal the more I think about it.)
If anyone wants more complex behavior (wrt whitespace or whatever) they can
walk the list themselves in 3 lines of code, or just use XMLOutputter.
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