[jdom-interest] XPath bindings?

Matthew MacKenzie matt at xmlglobal.com
Fri Oct 12 07:42:31 PDT 2001

If there were a vote, I would vote YES...but only to (1).  I think having
XPath support built in would be a major point of attraction for JDOM.



----- Original Message -----
From: "bob mcwhirter" <bob at werken.com>
To: <jdom-interest at jdom.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2001 8:32 PM
Subject: [jdom-interest] XPath bindings?

> Howdy folks--
> Now that Jaxen is pretty darn compliant with regards JDOM (including
> the namespace:: axis), I was wondering if we might want to spec out an
> XPath binding.  I know the FAQ says maybe 1.1 would include XPath support,
> and the JSR is for 1.0 only, but, XPath is seeming very useful to many
> folks, and The Other Models seem to support it.
> Thus, I propose adding, to Document and Element the following:
> public List selectNodes(String xpathExpr);
> public Object selectSingleNode(String xpathExpr);
> Jaxen supports other convenience methods, such as booleanValueOf(...),
> but I'm not proposing adding those.  Following the 80/20 rule, the
> two simple select..() methods seem sufficient.  Folks needing more
> power than that can venture into direct Jaxen usage.
> If accepted, I'll gladly generate a diff against CVS to add this
> functionality.
> -bob
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