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Oi, where's me config docs?, Oh bugger i don't have a nsf

Here we go with another example of what to do when cruelly ripped from the bosom of the notes server

This time its config docs, these as we all know are a happy doddle in notes, we just store them in what ever db (usually the current one) is suitable and pull then back with a view (personally i don’t like profile documents as they are a swine to copy around in comparison to normal docs), when faced this same basic need in Java, and not wanting to use a relation database (feels like a bit of an over kill for some things) i went searching and found more wonderful people who have already done the job, this time at They have a nice little lib that lets you store stuff in xml docs (as well as many other things), here is an example (lets call it config.xml)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>

     <textexample>im a example</textexample>


Im going to save this in the root of my Java project, and now on to the code

import org.apache.commons.configuration.ConfigurationException;
import org.apache.commons.configuration.XMLConfiguration;

public class EasyConfigDocs{
       public static void main(String[] args) {

          try {
              XMLConfiguration config = new XMLConfiguration("Config.xml");
            String textconfig = config.getString("example1.textexample");
               //Note: to get an indented value you separate with a "."  
              int numberconfig = config.getInt("example2.intexample");
              List buttons = config.getList("");
               //Note: on multivalue items the default separator is a "," if 
you want to use a "," in a text string you need to either do "\," or change the 
default delimiter (easy to do, its on the site) 
          } catch(ConfigurationException cex) {
             System.out.println("config file not found");

Nearly as simple as Notes (not that i did any work), it also does all the Edit and Add stuff, but you can get that off the examples at if you need it, i just want to save you the pain on the initial search, Oh!, on that note keep a look out at hes on the same track as me and has some good blog tutorials for notes developers fighting with pure Java coming up.

Old Comments

John(15/07/2011 13:51:29 GDT)

I don’t really like the way that they have write that code

Mark Myers(17/07/2011 17:42:12 GDT)

@john really?, i find it a pleasant and easy going way of doing configs, what way do you prefer?

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