Re: Help Reading XML file

Kevin Mess <>
Mon, 6 Nov 2006 14:07:50 -0800
On 2006-11-05 18:55:48 -0800, said:

mate, this code is picking up everything i need, so thats good. but its
not organising it into sections.

i mean that its picking up all attributes which are called name. i need
to be able to differentiate between b's attributes and d's attributes.
i hope i am able to explain myself, all i want to do is be able to
relate individual element attributes with their parent.


Note this snippet of code:

  public static void traverse(Node node, int level) {

      // Process node here, then move on to the next child
      // for example -

      if (node.getParentNode().getNodeName().equals("b")) { <<<<<
          // or whatever, blah blah blah <<<<<

      // If there are any children, visit each one
      NodeList list = node.getChildNodes();
      for (int i = 0; i < list.getLength(); i++) {
          // Get child node
          Node childNode = list.item(i);

          // Visit child node
          traverse(childNode, level + 1);

Where you see the comment // Process node here ... is where you would
put code to handle your data.

I still seriously suggest that you investigate JDOM - it was designed
specifically for _Java_ handling of XML documents (unlike DOM or SAX),
and so its methods are far easier to work with.

Some (quick and hasty) code I wrote using JDOM might show where this is easier:

   public QuakeData(String rssURL, Point p)
        throws IOException, JDOMException, ParseException {

        // retrieve xml and build document in memory
        SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
        Document doc =;
        // that's it - the entire xml file is now in memory.

        // this xml has three namespaces in all, so set up the extra two
        Namespace geo =
        Namespace dc =

        // some working variables
        List subjects;
        Element eventElement, subjectElement;

        // find the root
        Element root = doc.getRootElement();

        // we're only interested in the the branch of the tree with "item"
        // notice we can specify by _name_ here
        List events = root.getChild("channel").getChildren("item");

        // now that we have only the branch of the tree with "item", iterate through
        // and work the data the way we want. In this case, I'm creating an
new object
        // of class Event, and then setting its attributes based on the xml
data. Notice
        // again I just use the name specified in the xml document - very simple:
        for (Object event : events) {
            QuakeEvent quakeEvent = new QuakeEvent();
            eventElement = (Element) event;

            quakeEvent.setLocation(eventElement.getChildText("lat", geo),
                    eventElement.getChildText("long", geo));
            subjects = eventElement.getChildren("subject", dc);

        // subject as multiple occurrences, all named the same thing. I need to
        // isolate them differently then previously. Depending upon their
array index,
        // I set the class attribute accordingly.
            for (int i = 0; i < subjects.size(); i++) {
                subjectElement = (Element) subjects.get(i);
                switch (i) {
                    case 0: {
                    case 1: {
                    case 2: {

        // all the class attributes have been set, so now I store this object in my
        // ArrayList.

All the best to you if you keep using DOM - I gave up on it in favor of JDOM :)


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