SAX2 RFD: Inheritance vs. Modification vs. Amalgamation

Don Park donpark at
Wed May 19 22:11:45 BST 1999

> 2. Add the methods to org.xml.sax.Parser, and require applications to
>    catch NoSuchMethodException when using the new methods, in case
>    they're concerned about what version they're dealing with.
>    PRO: - doesn't limit options for subclassing in the future
>    CON: - very difficult to write adapters for existing SAX 1.0
>           drivers (slower acceptance and implementation of SAX2)
>         - can cause unexpected behaviour at deployment time, unless
>           the application designer knows to catch
>           NoSuchMethodException


I prefer #2 combined with a helper class to ease some of the pain.

If the client supports SAX2 only, then they can invoke Parser directly.
If the client supports both SAX and SAX2, then they can invoke the static
helper methods in the helper class which handles things like

They should be passing an instance of the parser to the static helper



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