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Release 3.6.0.0

E15725-01


com.tangosol.run.xml
Interface XmlElement

All Superinterfaces:
Serializable, XmlValue
All Known Subinterfaces:
XmlDocument
All Known Implementing Classes:
SimpleDocument, SimpleElement

public interface XmlElement
extends XmlValue

An interface for XML element access. The XmlElement interface represents both the element and its content (through the underlying XmlValue interface).

Author:
cp 2000.10.12

Field Summary

 

Fields inherited from interface com.tangosol.run.xml.XmlValue
TYPE_BINARY, TYPE_BOOLEAN, TYPE_DATE, TYPE_DATETIME, TYPE_DECIMAL, TYPE_DOUBLE, TYPE_INT, TYPE_LONG, TYPE_STRING, TYPE_TIME

 

Method Summary
 XmlValue addAttribute(String sName)
          Provides a means to add a new attribute value.
 XmlElement addElement(String sName)
          Create a new element and add it as a child element to this element.
 Object clone()
          Creates and returns a copy of this XmlElement.
 XmlElement ensureElement(String sPath)
          Ensure that a child element exists.
 boolean equals(Object o)
          Compare this XML element and all of its contained information with another XML element for equality.
 XmlElement findElement(String sPath)
          Find a child element with the specified '/'-delimited path.
 String getAbsolutePath()
          Get the '/'-delimited path of the element starting from the root element.
 XmlValue getAttribute(String sName)
          Get an attribute value.
 Map getAttributeMap()
          Get the map of all attributes.
 String getComment()
          Get the text of any comments that are in the XML element.
 XmlElement getElement(String sName)
          Get a child element.
 List getElementList()
          Get the list of all child elements.
 Iterator getElements(String sName)
          Get an iterator of child elements that have a specific name.
 String getName()
          Get the name of the element.
 XmlElement getRoot()
          Get the root element.
 XmlValue getSafeAttribute(String sName)
          Get an attribute value, and return a temporary value if the attribute does not exist.
 XmlElement getSafeElement(String sPath)
          Return the specified child element using the same path notation as supported by findElement, but return a read-only element if the specified element does not exist.
 int hashCode()
          Provide a hash value for this XML element and all of its contained information.
 void setAttribute(String sName, XmlValue val)
          Set an attribute value.
 void setComment(String sComment)
          Set the text of this element's comment.
 void setName(String sName)
          Set the Name of the element.
 String toString()
          Format the XML element and all its contained information into a String in a display format.
 void writeXml(PrintWriter out, boolean fPretty)
          Write the element as it will appear in XML.

 

Methods inherited from interface com.tangosol.run.xml.XmlValue
getBinary, getBinary, getBoolean, getBoolean, getDate, getDate, getDateTime, getDateTime, getDecimal, getDecimal, getDouble, getDouble, getInt, getInt, getLong, getLong, getParent, getString, getString, getTime, getTime, getValue, isAttribute, isContent, isEmpty, isMutable, setBinary, setBoolean, setDate, setDateTime, setDecimal, setDouble, setInt, setLong, setParent, setString, setTime, writeValue

 

Method Detail

getName

String getName()
Get the name of the element.
Returns:
the element name

setName

void setName(String sName)
Set the Name of the element. This method is intended primarily to be utilized to configure a newly instantiated element before adding it as a child element to another element. Implementations of this interface that support read-only documents are expected to throw UnsupportedOperationException from this method if the document (or this element) is in a read-only state. If this XmlElement has a parent XmlElement, then the implementation of this interface is permitted to throw UnsupportedOperationException from this method. This results from typical document implementations in which the name of an element that is a child of another element is immutable; the W3C DOM interfaces are one example.
Parameters:
sName - the new element name
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the name is null or if the name is not a legal XML tag name
UnsupportedOperationException - if the element can not be renamed

getRoot

XmlElement getRoot()
Get the root element. This is a convenience method. Parent element is retrived using getParent().
Returns:
the root element for this element

getAbsolutePath

String getAbsolutePath()
Get the '/'-delimited path of the element starting from the root element. This is a convenience method. Elements are retrieved by simple name using getName().
Returns:
the element path

getElementList

List getElementList()
Get the list of all child elements. The contents of the list implement the XmlValue interface. If this XmlElement is mutable, then the list returned from this method is expected to be mutable as well. An element should be fully configured before it is added to the list:
Returns:
a List containing all elements of this XmlElement

getElement

XmlElement getElement(String sName)
Get a child element. This is a convenience method. Elements are accessed and manipulated via the list returned from getElementList(). If multiple child elements exist that have the specified name, then the behavior of this method is undefined, and it is permitted to return any one of the matching elements, to return null, or to throw an arbitrary runtime exception.
Returns:
the specified element as an object implementing XmlElement, or null if the specified child element does not exist

getElements

Iterator getElements(String sName)
Get an iterator of child elements that have a specific name. This is a convenience method. Elements are accessed and manipulated via the list returned from getElementList().
Returns:
an iterator containing all child elements of the specified name

addElement

XmlElement addElement(String sName)
Create a new element and add it as a child element to this element. This is a convenience method. Elements are accessed and manipulated via the list returned from getElementList().
Parameters:
sName - the name for the new element
Returns:
the new XmlElement object
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the name is null or if the name is not a legal XML tag name
UnsupportedOperationException - if this element is immutable or otherwise can not add a child element

findElement

XmlElement findElement(String sPath)
Find a child element with the specified '/'-delimited path. This is based on a subset of the XPath specification, supporting: This is a convenience method. Elements are accessed and manipulated via the list returned from getElementList(). If multiple child elements exist that have the specified name, then the behavior of this method is undefined, and it is permitted to return any one of the matching elements, to return null, or to throw an arbitrary runtime exception.
Parameters:
sPath - element path
Returns:
the specified element as an object implementing XmlElement, or null if the specified child element does not exist

getSafeElement

XmlElement getSafeElement(String sPath)
Return the specified child element using the same path notation as supported by findElement, but return a read-only element if the specified element does not exist. This method never returns null. This is a convenience method. Elements are accessed and manipulated via the list returned from getElementList(). If multiple child elements exist that have the specified name, then the behavior of this method is undefined, and it is permitted to return any one of the matching elements, to return null, or to throw an arbitrary runtime exception.
Parameters:
sPath - element path
Returns:
the specified element (never null) as an object implementing XmlElement for read-only use

ensureElement

XmlElement ensureElement(String sPath)
Ensure that a child element exists. This is a convenience method. It combines the functionality of findElement() and addElement(). If any part of the path does not exist create new child elements to match the path.
Parameters:
sPath - element path
Returns:
the existing or new XmlElement object
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the name is null or if any part of the path is not a legal XML tag name
UnsupportedOperationException - if any element in the path is immutable or otherwise can not add a child element
See Also:
findElement(java.lang.String)

getAttributeMap

Map getAttributeMap()
Get the map of all attributes. The map is keyed by attribute names. The corresponding values are non-null objects that implement the XmlValue interface.
Returns:
a Map containing all attributes of this XmlElement; the return value will never be null, although it may be an empty map

getAttribute

XmlValue getAttribute(String sName)
Get an attribute value. This is a convenience method. Attributes are accessed and manipulated via the map returned from getAttributeMap.
Parameters:
sName - the name of the attribute
Returns:
the value of the specified attribute, or null if the attribute does not exist

setAttribute

void setAttribute(String sName,
                  XmlValue val)
Set an attribute value. If the attribute does not already exist, and the new value is non-null, then the attribute is added and its value is set to the passed value. If the attribute does exist, and the new value is non-null, then the attribute's value is updated to the passed value. If the attribute does exist, but the new value is null, then the attribute and its corresponding value are removed. This is a convenience method. Attributes are accessed and manipulated via the map returned from getAttributeMap.
Parameters:
sName - the name of the attribute
val - the new value for the attribute; null indicates that the attribute should be removed

addAttribute

XmlValue addAttribute(String sName)
Provides a means to add a new attribute value. If the attribute of the same name already exists, it is returned, otherwise a new value is created and added as an attribute. This is a convenience method. Attributes are accessed and manipulated via the map returned from getAttributeMap.
Parameters:
sName - the name of the attribute

getSafeAttribute

XmlValue getSafeAttribute(String sName)
Get an attribute value, and return a temporary value if the attribute does not exist. This is a convenience method. Attributes are accessed and manipulated via the map returned from getAttributeMap.
Parameters:
sName - the name of the attribute
Returns:
the value of the specified attribute, or a temporary value if the attribute does not exist

getComment

String getComment()
Get the text of any comments that are in the XML element. An element can contain many comments interspersed randomly with textual values and child elements. In reality, comments are rarely used. The purpose of this method and the corresponding mutator are to ensure that if comments do exist, that their text will be accessible through this interface and not lost through a transfer from one instance of this interface to another.
Returns:
the comment text from this element (not including the "") or null if there was no comment

setComment

void setComment(String sComment)
Set the text of this element's comment. This interface allows a single comment to be associated with the element. The XML specification does not allow a comment to contain the String "--".
Parameters:
sComment - the comment text
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the comment contains "--"

writeXml

void writeXml(PrintWriter out,
              boolean fPretty)
Write the element as it will appear in XML.
Parameters:
out - a PrintWriter object to use to write to
fPretty - true to specify that the output is intended to be as human readable as possible

toString

String toString()
Format the XML element and all its contained information into a String in a display format. Note that this overrides the contract of the toString method in the super interface XmlValue.
Specified by:
toString in interface XmlValue
Returns:
a String representation of the XML element

hashCode

int hashCode()
Provide a hash value for this XML element and all of its contained information. Note that this overrides the contract of the hashCode method in the super interface XmlValue. The hash value is defined as a xor of the following:
Specified by:
hashCode in interface XmlValue
Returns:
the hash value for this XML element

equals

boolean equals(Object o)
Compare this XML element and all of its contained information with another XML element for equality. Note that this overrides the contract of the equals method in the super interface XmlValue.
Specified by:
equals in interface XmlValue
Returns:
true if the elements are equal, false otherwise

clone

Object clone()
Creates and returns a copy of this XmlElement. The returned copy is a deep clone of this XmlElement, and is "unlinked" from the parent and mutable.
Specified by:
clone in interface XmlValue
Returns:
a clone of this instance.

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