[jdom-interest] Re: [jdom-commits] CVS update: jdom/src/java/org/jdom

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Mon Jun 18 10:54:12 PDT 2001

On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 10:04:15AM -0700, Jason Hunter wrote:
> elt.setAttribute("name", "value");
> vs
> elt.setAttribute(new Attribute("name", "value"));

Personally, I prefer parsimony.  The latter accomplishes the same as
the former, plus it's more self-documenting: it makes clear that
you're creating a new Attribute object, rather than (perhaps) changing
the value of an existing attribute.  (Which is how a recent poster
thought it should work, so there's room for confusion.)

This also fits in with the whole 
new Document().addContent(new Element("foo").addContent(new Element("bar") ...

OTOH, it wouldn't hurt much, but a public method is a public method.

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