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Commons Digester example source code file (BookFactory.java)

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abstractobjectcreationfactory, abstractobjectcreationfactory, book, book, bookfactory, exception, exception, mandatory, object, object, string

The Commons Digester BookFactory.java source code

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import org.apache.commons.digester.AbstractObjectCreationFactory;

 * The Book class doesn't have a no-argument constructor, so the
 * standard digester ObjectCreateRule can't be used to create instances
 * of it.
 * <p>
 * To resolve this issue, the FactoryCreateRule can be used in 
 * conjunction with an appropriate factory class, like this one.
 * The "createObject" method of the factory is invoked to generate
 * object instances when required.
 * <p>
 * The factory object can access any xml attributes, plus of course
 * any values set up within it before digester parsing starts (like
 * JNDI references, database connections, etc) that it may in the
 * process of generating an appropriate object.
 * <p>
 * Note that it is <i>not possible for any data to be extracted
 * from the body or subelements of the xml element that caused the
 * createObject method on this factory to be invoked. For example:
 * <pre>
 *  [book isdn="12345"]
 * </pre>
 * is fine; the isdn value can be accessed during the createObject method.
 * However, given the xml:
 * <pre>
 * [book]
 *   [isdn]12345[/isdn]
 *   ...
 * </pre>
 * it is not possible to access the isdn number until after the
 * Book instance has been created.
 * <p>
 * Note that even if the class to be created does have a default constructor,
 * you may wish to use a factory class, in order to initialise the created
 * object in specific ways, or insert created objects into a central
 * register, etc.
 * <p>
 * And don't forget, either, that factories may be implemented as
 * inner classes or anonymous classes if appropriate, reducing the
 * overhead of using this functionality in many cases. 
public class BookFactory extends AbstractObjectCreationFactory {

    public Object createObject(org.xml.sax.Attributes attributes) 
    throws Exception {
        String isbn = attributes.getValue("isbn");
        if (isbn == null) {
            throw new Exception(
                "Mandatory isbn attribute not present on book tag.");
        return new Book(isbn);

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