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From "Martin Kersten" <Martin.Kers...@Student.Uni-Magdeburg.DE>
Subject Re: [Digester] Parsing XML to a hashtable
Date Tue, 02 Mar 2004 14:19:05 GMT

> I have a HashMap-based java bean that I'm trying to populate from an XML
> file. Now, the only accessors java bean exposes are get(String) and
> set(String, String), and XML file contains its data in body text, like
> <Contact>
> <RowId>1</RowId>
> <LastName>Smith</LastName>
> </Contact>
> Now, while the whole setup looks fairly common, it doesn't look like
> an easy way to parse it... I tried the CallMethod rule, but apparently it
> can accept parameters from pretty much anywhere - from body text, tag
> attribute, even the tag node up the stack - except from the tag name
> Am I missing something there?
> Thanks in advance,
Check the addSetProperty method. Should help you, I guess. If not
compose the contact using a bean and add it to your map represented
by the next xml level tag (like <contacts>) using addSetNext(..).


   addCreateObject("*/contact", Contact.class);
   ... (initialize the contact rowId and lastName properties using

   + top level (or next higher level).
   addCreateObject("contacts", ContactMap.class);

//add method
contacts.addContact(Contact contact) {
       contactMap.set(contact.getRowId(), contact.getLastName());

I think you can guess the meaning of it.

Summary: Try addSetProperty rule first. If it is not working try the
second approach.


Martin (Kersten)

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