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Hi,
   Okay, I've tried to do this myself by picking through some tutorials and reading around - no doubt I will go back and re-read them more thoroughly now! However this one thing I don't understand is why this doesn't work :


          NodeList fileName = fileElement.getElementsByTagName("FileName");
          Element fileNameElement = (Element)fileName.item(0);
          System.out.println("File Name : " + ((Node)fileName.item(0)).getNodeValue());
          System.out.println(fileName.item(0));


Line 3  just prints "Null";
Line 4 prints "<FileName>Test</FileName>"

So what I'm wondering is what I've done wrong on Line 3. I was expecting it to print "Test"  but obviously that was very naive of me :)

So, please - put me out of my misery! lol
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try

fileNameElement.getFirstChild().getNodeValue();
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in your case thats:

 System.out.println("File Name : " + ((Node)fileName.item(0)).getFirstChild().getNodeValue());

but as you already have a refence to the element you don't really need to call item() again.

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That worked fine....

What was wrong with my line?
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the node value you are after is attached to the first child of the element.
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My line looked right.... lol

how deceptive! :)
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Here's an example of the file section :


<File>

<FileName>cs_dust.wad</FileName>
<FileLocation>\</FileLocation>
<MD5Hash>0e2976b3a03627dd2d199575b13a946f</MD5Hash>
<DownloadLocation>www.peteslan.net/cs_dust.wad</DownloadLocation>
<FileSize>8288</FileSize>

</File>

I can get to FileName now....but how do I get to the rest?
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you can use getChildNodes() to get the children:

NodeList children = fileElement.getChildNodes();
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