[jdom-interest] jdom and dom4j

Dennis Sosnoski dms at sosnoski.com
Mon Jun 17 17:58:57 PDT 2002

Jason, I know your feelings about this but (AFAIK) the dom4j codebase 
does not contain any JDOM code so it's inaccurate to describe it as a 
fork of JDOM.

As for the level of press attention, JDOM has had several prominent 
individuals who have extensively promoted it over the last 2+ years, 
including numerous articles, presentations, and some books discussing 
the then-current version. Each of these is out of date, with 
non-functioning example code, within a few months when the next beta of 
JDOM is published. People seem to keep buying the books though, so I 
guess they don't mind. :-) I don't think there's been even one article 
written on using dom4j, though I've given some brief code examples in my 
articles and presentations.

dom4j *has* been production released, with stable interfaces, for some 
months now. Many people would consider that a major advantage.

  - Dennis

Jason Hunter wrote:

>>There's been quite a few charts/tables comparing JDOM to DOM in many
>>regards.  But typically, the folks constructing the charts/tables
>>ignore dom4j completely.  dom4j hasn't gotten nearly the press
>>attention as JDOM.
>That's probably because JDOM came first.  dom4j was a fork of JDOM. 
>Historically, forks tend not to prosper as well as the original
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