Re: Simplest (not fastest) Java XML API for small files?

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:12:36 -0500
On 12/8/2014 4:38 PM, Qu0ll wrote:

I have to say I am a little overwhelmed with the number of different XML
APIs available for Java; some built-in to the Java platform and of
course multiple 3rd-party options.

What I am trying to do now is find the simplest XML API that allows me
to load small XML documents, edit them (i.e. change a few attributes
etc.) and then save them again. That's all. The XML files are just
configuration files and will be no larger than a few KB at most.

The key for me is simplicity of use of the API. I have seen some APIs
where you have to go searching through nodes, sub-nodes and attributes
and ignoring nulls or irrelevant attributes etc. when what I really want
to be able to do is given node 'A', give me the value of attribute 'abc'
and then let me traverse the document down through the children of 'A'.
Then when I have finished, just save the whole XML document.

Any suggestions? I'd prefer to keep in the JDK if possible just to
avoid any further dependencies but that is not critical.

In my experience DOM and XPath is the easiest way to read XML in
most cases.

Maybe wrap JDOM around W3C DOM if you prefer that.


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