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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Monday October 13, 2008
03:53 PM

Java gravel of the day: poor API design

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What a piece of work is NodeList. Nobody seemed to think of making NodeList implement List, and that's somewhat bizarre, and worse, inconvenient.

Crying for XML::TreeBuilder over here, today...

As I always say, why reuse fundamental classes and interfaces when you can reinvent the wheel, and make it square in the process!

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  • I think the NodeList problems come from an implementation that follows the W3C API too strictly. The win, of course, is that you can swap out back-end implementations on a whim, but given how infrequently that happens, the painful API is a net loss.

    I gotta say, though, the ubiquity of the standard XML APIs is really appealing in Java though. Just knowing that I don't have to think twice about firing up the XSL transformer is nice.