Re: The "replaceAll" method of the String Class can't work, if a "?" character is in the value of an attribute of a XMLString!

Nigel Wade <>
Thu, 13 Sep 2007 13:04:41 +0100
Ed wrote:

On Sep 13, 2:08 am, kcwong <> wrote:

On Sep 13, 3:27 pm, Ed <> wrote:

On Sep 12, 11:35 pm, Lew <> wrote:

Ed wrote:

The sample code below doesn't work, but if you take out the Question
Mark character, "?" in front of the value "Print" of the "action"
attribute, it does work!

Does anyone here know an other workaround? Thanks in advance!

You need to watch where line breaks go in source posts to Usenet. You

got a

stray greater-than character ('>', a.k.a., "right angle bracket") that
belonged with the xml PI, but was somehow moved to a different line.

Come on, dude! Are you so stupid, to not understand that the code
works, and you may need to move the bracket, where it supposes to be,
when running it!

Also, the variable "XMLString", being a variable, should start with a
lower-case letter, by convention.

Where did you get that rule, Mr. Conformist!
Don't lecture to anyone here, your nonsense rule! Try to think out of
the box sometime!

public class Questionmark_TEST{
 public Questionmark_TEST(){}

 public static void main(String [] args){
   String XMLString =
     "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"UTF-8\"?>"


    "<categories><NodeOne action='Print?'/></categories>";

    String OldNode = "<NodeOne action='Print?'/>";
    String NewNode = "<NodeOne action='Print?'>empty</NodeOne>";

    XMLString = XMLString.replaceAll(OldNode,NewNode);
    System.out.println("new XMLString : "+XMLString.toString());

Did you read the Javadocs on the replaceAll() method?


The first argument is a regular expression, in which the question mark


special significance.

But you never answered my question though! Take a look what Roedy
replied to me! That's kind of an answer, I was looking for!


Lew's reply contain the same information as Roedy's post.

According to you?!?

and me.

To be fair,
Lew's reply contains *more* information than Roedy's.

I don't need more info! If I need more info, I could have spent hours
surfing the internet, and reading all about the String class and the
XML specification.

So, you're lazy and can't be bothered to do the necessary research yourself. You
come to Usenet, ask a poorly worded question and when you get politely
corrected you become offensive. You are Twisted AICMFP.

That really is not the way to behave if you with to get help in future.

I am not a Student and don't have a time, I am a Programmer, and
wanted to resolve my current task!

You're a programmer? Really?

and you think we should use our time to help lazy people who can't be bothered
to help themselves?

Lew notified
you, politely, about the use of regular expression in

Nope, he was not polite! But Roedy was polite, the other guy was kind
of arrogant, and stupid conformist!

Yes he was polite. But you can't see that.

replaceAll(), netiquette of using usenet, and globally accepted
Java coding convention,

Globally accepted java coding convention?!?!? Sometimes, you need to
break stupid nonsense rules!

Fine, be stupid and break the "stupid" rules. Don't expect any help here.

I am a Programmer and I care less of those little nonsense rules which
are not that big deal at all to me, and to anyone who is not too much

I doubt very much you really are a programmer. Maybe a programmer wannabe, but
if you really were a programmer those "little nonsense rules" would be quite
important to you.

while Roedy simply pointed you to what you
need without much explanation (nothing wrong with Roedy's answer...
but you won't really learn why unless you act by going to his site and

No, Roedy explained intelligently, in a few words, what replaceAll
method is all about, and the other guy, fucking mine as he is, he just
started tell
me the code I copied and pasted did not end with a bracket and the
bracked was on the next line! What a stupid and arrogant answer! And
he went on, pasting a link and telling me to read the link, and spend
hours reading all those shit, while I don't have even enough time, to
finish my current task!

So, once again you tell us how lazy you are, and expect that we should do your
work for you.

I think not.

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
            University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
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