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Trouble with XML parsing

Matthew Busse
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Joined: Sep 29, 2010
Posts: 52
Hello Java Geniuses,

I'm having trouble learning how to parse and XML with java. I'm starting with this simple XML file:

And here's the class I wrote to parse it:

And I'm testing it with this class:

This test is failing, saying the size of the ArrayList is 0, so it looks like the attribute values are not getting added to the ArrayList. I think I have some fundamental misunderstanding of how this is supposed to work, can anyone help me out?

Paul Clapham

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
Posts: 19848

The XML document that you posted doesn't have any attributes, so it is not at all surprising that your code doesn't find any attributes in it. You might want to take a minute to read about XML and find out what an attribute is.
Matthew Busse
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Joined: Sep 29, 2010
Posts: 52
Ah, there is my fundamental misunderstanding of what is going on.

Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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I think this discussion would fit better in our XML forum: moving.
I agree. Here's the link:
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