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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: [Digester] SetPropertiesRule
Date Fri, 14 Feb 2003 23:27:44 GMT

On Fri, 14 Feb 2003, Durham David Cntr 805CSS/SCBE wrote:

> Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 15:57:28 -0600
> From: Durham David Cntr 805CSS/SCBE <>
> Reply-To: Jakarta Commons Users List <>
> To:
> Subject: [Digester] SetPropertiesRule
> Having a problem with digester.setProperties(String).
> I have the following xml doc:
> <root>
>     <element xOffset="squadron"/>
> </root>
> The property does not get set in the bean unless the "x" in xOffset is
> capitalized, i.e., "XOffset" which doesn't seem right.
> Is this a bug?

No, it's not.  Welcome to the wonderful world of the JavaBeans rules on
converting property names to getter and setter method names.

Normally, property names are expressed in "mixedCase" style, starting with
a lower case letter, and this would get converted into a call on a
setMixedCase() method.  For property names where the getter/setter method
is all upper case (i.e. getURL/setURL), there are some special rules; this
is also true when the first capital is in the second position (as it is in
your case).

The details of the naming patterns are in the JavaBeans Specification,
which you can get from:


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