Parsing XML file using Xpath in jdk1.4

I found the following easy solution to extracting values from XML file.

import; import org.w3c.dom.*; import org.xml.sax.SAXException; import javax.xml.parsers.*; import javax.xml.xpath.*; public class XPathExample { public static void main(String[] args) throws ParserConfigurationException, SAXException, IOException, XPathExpressionException { DocumentBuilderFactory domFactory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance(); domFactory.setNamespaceAware(true); // never forget this! DocumentBuilder builder = domFactory.newDocumentBuilder(); Document doc = builder.parse("c:/temp/books.xml"); XPathFactory factory = XPathFactory.newInstance(); XPath xpath = factory.newXPath(); XPathExpression expr = xpath.compile("//book[author='Neal Stephenson']/title/text()"); Object result = expr.evaluate(doc, XPathConstants.NODESET); NodeList nodes = (NodeList) result; for (int i = 0; i < nodes.getLength(); i++) { System.out.println(nodes.item(i).getNodeValue()); } } }

This uses xpath to extract all books title where the author is Neal Stephenson from the following xml

<inventory> <book year="2000"> <title>Snow Crash</title> <author>Neal Stephenson</author> <publisher>Spectra</publisher> <isbn>0553380958</isbn> <price>14.95</price> </book> <book year="2005"> <title>Burning Tower</title> <author>Larry Niven</author> <author>Jerry Pournelle</author> <publisher>Pocket</publisher> <isbn>0743416910</isbn> <price>5.99</price> </book> <book year="1995"> <title>Zodiac</title> <author>Neal Stephenson</author> <publisher>Spectra</publisher> <isbn>0553573862</isbn> <price>7.50</price> </book> <!-- more books... --> </inventory>

Now this works fine on JDK5 but i am using jdk 1.4 Can this be converted to the java 1.4 equivalent?

All i am trying to do is extract a value from an xml element. For example, in the above xml, i just want something that is the equivalent of getElementByTag("title").



Quick google resulted in links like this and this which confirm that JAXP can be downloaded separately and run on top of JDK 1.4.2. You might run into configuration problems as mentioned in the apache link. Good luck!

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