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From Dmitri Plotnikov <>
Subject Re: Customizing JXPath. Custom Containers.
Date Wed, 09 Oct 2002 14:51:34 GMT

I am not familiar with Castor enough to give you specific
recommendations, but here are some general ideas.

1. The mapping of paths to objects in JXPath is based on the JavaBean
specification.  So, I guess I would first look into flattening
properties to make the beans conform strictly to the JavaBean spec. For
example, if Request had a method like

public Errors getErrors(){
   return getRequestChoice().getErrors();

you could get the Errors object (or null) with the "/request/errors"

2. If adding code to the Castor-genned classes is not an option, you
might consider writing a NodePointer-NodeIterator-NodePointerFactory
familiy of classes for specific support of Castor-style objects.  This
may be a little involved, as APIs of those classes, especially
NodePointer, are rather wide.  You might be able to inherit your
implementations from BeanPointer, etc, thus re-using some of the
JavaBean support for the Castor object.

Let me know if any of this helps.

- Dmitri

--- Kenneth Petersen <> wrote:
> Hi. 
> I am using Castor for creating java objects capable of containing
> data
> conforming to certain xsd-schemas. When using Castor to create a java
> structure capable of containing data of xml entities following
> schema:
> 	<xs:element name="Request">
> 		<xs:complexType>
> 			<xs:sequence>
> 				<xs:choice>
> 					<xs:element name="Success"
> type="SuccessType"/>
> 					<xs:element name="Errors"
> type="ErrorsType"/>
> 				</xs:choice>
> 			</xs:sequence>
> 		</xs:complexType>
> 	</xs:element>
> Castor creates a "Request" class containing a "RequestChoice"
> container
> containing either a "Success" or "Errors" object.
> I would like to use JXPath to access the data of the java objects
> using
> X-Path expressions identifying values of the original xml-entity.
> Taking the
> example from before, I would like to use expression "/Request/Errors"
> to
> access the "Errors" children of an xml-entity. I am not capable of
> doing
> this without being able to configure JXPath so that properties of
> classes
> "Xxx" following the naming pattern "XxxChoice" are identifies as
> being
> containers. Is this at all possible? If so some clues as to how this
> is
> accomplished would be much appreciated.
> Best Regards
> Kenneth Petersen
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