Class JavaBeanXPath

  extended by org.jaxen.BaseXPath
      extended by org.jaxen.javabean.JavaBeanXPath
All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable, XPath

public class JavaBeanXPath
extends BaseXPath

An XPath implementation for JavaBeans.

This is the main entry point for matching an XPath against a JavaBean tree. You create a compiled XPath object, then match it against one or more context nodes using the BaseXPath.selectNodes(Object) method, as in the following example:

 Node node = ...;
 XPath path = new JavaBeanXPath("a/b/c");
 List results = path.selectNodes(node);

$Revision: 1161 $
bob mcwhirter
See Also:
BaseXPath, Serialized Form

Constructor Summary
JavaBeanXPath(String xpathExpr)
          Construct given an XPath expression string.
Method Summary
 Object evaluate(Object node)
          Evaluate this XPath against a given context.
protected  Context getContext(Object node)
          Create a Context wrapper for the provided implementation-specific object.
Methods inherited from class org.jaxen.BaseXPath
addNamespace, booleanValueOf, createFunctionContext, createNamespaceContext, createVariableContext, debug, getContextSupport, getFunctionContext, getNamespaceContext, getNavigator, getRootExpr, getVariableContext, numberValueOf, selectNodes, selectNodesForContext, selectSingleNode, selectSingleNodeForContext, setFunctionContext, setNamespaceContext, setVariableContext, stringValueOf, toString, valueOf
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public JavaBeanXPath(String xpathExpr)
              throws JaxenException
Construct given an XPath expression string.

xpathExpr - The XPath expression.
JaxenException - if there is a syntax error while parsing the expression
Method Detail


protected Context getContext(Object node)
Description copied from class: BaseXPath
Create a Context wrapper for the provided implementation-specific object.

getContext in class BaseXPath
node - the implementation-specific object to be used as the context
a Context wrapper around the object


public Object evaluate(Object node)
                throws JaxenException
Description copied from class: BaseXPath
Evaluate this XPath against a given context. The context of evaluation may be any object type the navigator recognizes as a node. The return value is either a String, Double, Boolean, or List of nodes.

When using this method, one must be careful to test the class of the returned object. If the returned object is a list, then the items in this list will be the actual Document, Element, Attribute, etc. objects as defined by the concrete XML object-model implementation, directly from the context document. This method does not return copies of anything, but merely returns references to objects within the source document.

Specified by:
evaluate in interface XPath
evaluate in class BaseXPath
node - the node, node-set or Context object for evaluation. This value can be null.
the result of evaluating the XPath expression against the supplied context
JaxenException - if an XPath error occurs during expression evaluation

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