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From Michael Robinson <>
Subject Re: [Configuration] Call me a moron, but I just can't make it work!
Date Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:31:40 GMT
Thank you all very much for your swift and helpful replies, I'll  
investigate the unit tests after breakfast, I'm sure they're just what  
I needed.


The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
	-- Malcolm X (1925 - 1965)

On 15/07/2008, at 7:40 AM, Oliver Heger wrote:

> schrieb:
>> Michael Robinson schrieb:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm writing a program that must load, search, edit and save Mac OS  
>>> X plist files.
>>> I was attempting to use apple's NS* foundation classes, but I  
>>> couldn't work out how to write to the plist files (maybe I'm just  
>>> stupid).
>>> I searched around the internet and was overjoyed to find  
>>> apache.commons.configuration.
>>> I've played with it for the past few days, trying to figure out  
>>> how I'm meant to get data out of the plist files I'm working with.
>> Have you looked at the unit tests for the configuration project?
>> Commons projects generally have pretty good unit test coverage,  
>> which means that there is almost certainly an example of reading  a  
>> plist file and extracting a value from it in there somewhere.
>> In general, the unit tests for a project are a good source of  
>> examples when the explicit user examples and tutorials don't cover  
>> what you need to do.
>> The unit tests can be fetched from the Apache subversion system  
>> using the url that is in the left-hand navigation bar.
>> Regards,
>> Simon
> You can find the test class for XMLPropertyListConfiguration at [1].  
> It reads a test file [2] and evaluates the properties contained.
> I assume your concrete problem is due to the fact that the value of  
> the "SandwichFillings" key is an array, which obviously complicates  
> things. Have a look at the testNestedArray() method in [1], which  
> deals with nested arrays.
> Querying the value of an array should result in a List. You can dump  
> the content of this list to see how it is structured.
> Oliver
> [1]
> [2]
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