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I am looging for a utility to purge a tag from a string.

Example: "Today's date is <DATE FORMAT=MM/DD/YYYY>."

I need an object to store the tag type (Date) and the different properties and their values.

Can anyone help me?

Thanks!!!
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Question by:afpcos
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by:Igor Bazarny
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Well, can't you use java.text formats?
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by:rwinkler
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I don't know how closely you're expecting your data to be like XML, but JDOM might be a good place to look.  http://www.jdom.org
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by:rashidkamranbs
ID: 6915986
Well not 100% but StreamTokenizer could be a helpful utility to purify the date tag from the string..

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by:Ovi
ID: 6917362
Here is a variant of your parser.

import java.util.*;

public class Tester {
  private String text;
  Vector tags;

  public Tester(String txt) {
    text = txt;
    tags = new Vector();
  }

  public void setText(String txt) {
    text = txt;
    tags = new Vector();
  }

  public void parse() {
    int idxBegin = -1;
    while((idxBegin = text.indexOf("<", idxBegin + 1)) != -1) {
      int idxEnd = text.indexOf(">", idxBegin);
      if(idxEnd != -1) {
        Tag tag = parseTag(text.substring(idxBegin + 1, idxEnd));
     if(tag != null)
       tags.addElement(tag);
      } else return;
    }
  }

  public Tag parseTag(String tagText) {
    Tag tag = new Tag();
    int spaceIdx = tagText.indexOf(" ");
    if(spaceIdx != -1) {
      tag.name = tagText.substring(0, spaceIdx);
      tagText = tagText.substring(spaceIdx + 1);
      int eqIdx = -1;
      while((eqIdx = tagText.indexOf("=")) != -1) {
        String attr = tagText.substring(0, eqIdx);    
     tagText = tagText.substring(eqIdx + 1).trim();
     int nextEq = tagText.indexOf("=");
     if(nextEq == -1) {
       tag.attributes.put(attr, tagText);
       break;
     } else {
       String tmp = tagText.substring(0, nextEq);
       spaceIdx = tmp.lastIndexOf(" ");
       if(spaceIdx != -1) {
         String attrValue = tagText.substring(0, spaceIdx);
         tag.attributes.put(attr, attrValue);
         tagText = tagText.substring(spaceIdx).trim();
       } else {
         tag.attributes.put(attr, tmp);
       }
     }
      }
      return(tag);
    }
    return(null);
  }
 
  public void dump() {
    System.out.println("Text : " + text);
    for(int i = 0; i<tags.size(); i++) {
      ((Tag) tags.elementAt(i)).dump();
    }
  }

  class Tag {
    public String name;
    public Hashtable attributes;

    public Tag() {
      name = "";
      attributes = new Hashtable();
    }
   
    public void dump() {
      System.out.println("******************Tag *************");
      System.out.println("Name : " + name);
      System.out.println("Attributes : ");
      Enumeration attrs = attributes.keys();
      while(attrs.hasMoreElements()) {
        String key = attrs.nextElement().toString();
     String value = attributes.get(key).toString();
     System.out.println("Attribute : " + key + "; Value : " + value);
      }
      System.out.println("***********************************");
    }
  }

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    Tester t = new Tester("Today's date is <DATE FORMAT=MM/DD/YYYY>");
    t.parse();
    t.dump();
    t.setText("Today's date is <DATE FORMAT=MM/DD/YYYY>; tomorrow will be <DATE FORMAT=DD/MM/YY VALUE=04/04/02>");
    t.parse();
    t.dump();
    t.setText("Today  <PERSON NAME=aName AGE=70 SEX=M>; tomorrow will be  <PERSON NAME=bName AGE=90 SEX=F>");
    t.parse();
    t.dump();
  }
}
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Forgot to answear ... :)
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