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Fluent Interface for Building XML Documents

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XML Tool is a Java library to help developers using XML document. You can build new documents, load existing documents, and execute all sorts of operations onto: delete, renaming, adding tags, attributes, text, data, namespaces, ... Navigation by XPath is also supported.

Since it uses the Fluent Interface pattern, you don't have to know about plenty of classes, but just one: XMLDoc. From there, you can just use your IDE's code completion to check for available methods and call them consecutively.

Here is an excerpt of an example:

XMLDocument doc = XMLDoc.newDocument()
.addNamespace("wicket", "")
.addNamespace("other", "")

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Peter Maas replied on Mon, 2008/09/15 - 5:44am

You should remove the following line from the source listing since is is not part of the actuall code:

<a name="XML_Tool_Overview" title="XML_Tool_Overview"></a>


Wilfred Springer replied on Sat, 2009/02/14 - 4:04pm

I have been working on Pecia last year. It's a fluent interface for building documents, based on a subset of DocBook. While working on it, I started to think that it probably would make sense to basically generate the fluent interface from the XML schema. Reading all of the above, it made me remember all of that again.

Lukas Eder replied on Tue, 2011/08/09 - 7:30am

Very nice. I found this article when looking for a similar tool. Too bad, yours doesn't generate standard org.w3c.dom.Document's but rolls its own DOM model. Any plans to extend this?

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