[jdom-interest] JDK 4 should not hold us back from generics-let's move on!

Syloke Soong ssoong at protedyne.com
Mon Sep 17 13:05:44 PDT 2007

What's "NIO"?

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From: jdom-interest-bounces at jdom.org
[mailto:jdom-interest-bounces at jdom.org] On Behalf Of Tatu Saloranta
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 3:08 PM
To: New, Cecil (GE Infra, US); jdom interest
Subject: Re: [jdom-interest] JDK 4 should not hold us back from
generics-let's move on!

Regarding being user/use-case - driven: I agree, I wouldn't want
support be added just for the sake it getting added. But optimally
people who code new features would do that to scratch their own itch,
or at least to help someone directly affected by lack of such support.

As to NIO: while it might be a potentially good idea in general (tree in
virtual memory), NIO can only help with low-level stuff which occurs
well  before JDOM gets involved. But even if they do, you still have the
problem of either where to actually store node objects; or
alternatively, how to index source xml textual serialization so you can
construct Nodes efficiently on-the-fly.
And at that point, I think you might as well consider Native Xml
Databases, because they get you the ability to deal with large
documents. Or, for simpler tasks, directly use streaming parsers.
So I don't think that using NIO would have short- or long-term benefits
wrt. JDOM, except via transitive dependencies (one of parsing packages
needing it or such).

-+ Tatu +-

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