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Java and XML by Brett McLaughlin

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JDOM: Another API?

We have now covered the current API offerings for XML use within Java, and addressed their major strengths and weaknesses. However, the general level of acceptance and excitement over SAX, DOM, and JAXP has been average, at best. The XML community seems to feel that the necessary tools have been provided, while the Java community has been left a bit puzzled at the non-standard ways in which SAX and DOM behave, and the general difficulty in manipulating an XML document, as well as simply obtaining a parser! Therefore, in the tradition of open source software, Java development, and O’Reilly & Associates publishing, we decided to fix this problem, and let you in on the solution: a new API, JDOM.

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