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   Re: Sun's XML Classes

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  • From: David Brownell <db@Eng.Sun.COM>
  • To: Rob Williams <rob@robco-inc.com>
  • Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 21:17:21 -0800

Rob Williams wrote:
> What do you mean by helper methods? You mean taking Jack's suggestion and
> just writing a little method that is going to wrap the newline and post the
> field value all in one fell swoop? That does look good; I mainly wanted to
> see what seasoned vets of this stuff were doing before I started rewriting.

Yes -- so you make one call to the method that does those several
things, rather than several calls to primitive methods.  

"Helper Subroutines" (or methods, or macros, or what have you) are
a good idiom to use whenever you find yourself repeating code.

- Dave

p.s. Since at least some of that code was there to deal with an
	issue much like prettyprinting, try grabbing the new release
	of the library:  http://java.sun.com/jdc/earlyAccess/xml

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