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From Andrea Smyth <>
Subject Setting a javax.xml.bind.DatatypeConverter
Date Fri, 01 Sep 2006 13:21:07 GMT
When you instantiate a class that is mapped from an element which has a 
base64Binary attribute with a default value, and subsequently call the 
getter for this attribute, the invocation will fail with a NPE unless 
somwhere in the code a DatatypeConverter was set via 

e.g. generated code:

public class Foo {
public byte[] getBase64BinaryAttr() {
        if (base64BinaryAttr == null) {
            return DatatypeConverter.parseBase64Binary("wxyz");
        } else {
            return base64BinaryAttr;

application code:

Foo foo = new ObjectFactory().createFoo();
DatatypeConverter.setDatatypeConverter(new DatatypeConverterImpl());
byte[] value = foo.getBase64BinaryAttr()

Should we take care that somewhere in the runtime a DatatypeConverter is 
set, possibly through loading (but not necessarily registering) an 
extension in the rt-databinding-jaxb module? From the javadoc:
" JAXB Providers are required to call this method at some point before 
allowing any of the JAXB client marshal or unmarshal operations to occur".
We cannot take the DatatypeConverterImpl provided by sun (in the 
com.sun.xml.bind jaxb-impl.jar) as this has a protected constructor, but 
could use the one from jaxme project



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