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Creating DOM Child Elements


This lesson shows you how to create root and child elements in the DOM tree. We will first create a blank DOM document and add the root element to it. Then I show you how to add comment element and then child element to the root element. In this example following xml code will generated and displayed on the console.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> 
This is comment--> 
Child attribute1="The value of Attribute 1" /> 

Creating the root element

In the previous lesson you learned how to create DocumentBuilder object and the create a blank DOM document. The following code creates a blank document.

//Create blank DOM Document
Document doc = docBuilder.newDocument();

The createElement function is used to create the root element and appendChild method is used to append the element to the DOM document.

//create the root element
Element root = doc.createElement("root");
//all it to the xml tree

Adding Comment Element to DOM Tree

The doc.createComment function is used to create Comment object.

//create a comment
Comment comment = doc.createComment("This is comment");
//add in the root element

Adding Child Element to DOM Tree

The doc.createElement function is used to create Child element.

//create child element
Element childElement = doc.createElement("Child");
//Add the atribute to the child
childElement.setAttribute("attribute1","The value of Attribute 1");

Printing the DOM Tree on console

An finally we will print the DOM tree on the console with the following code:

TransformerFactory tranFactory = TransformerFactory.newInstance(); 
Transformer aTransformer = tranFactory.newTransformer(); 

Source src = new DOMSource(doc); 
Result dest = new StreamResult(System.out); 
aTransformer.transform(src, dest); 

Here is the full code of CreateDomXml.java

import org.w3c.dom.*;

import javax.xml.parsers.*; 
import javax.xml.transform.*; 
import javax.xml.transform.dom.DOMSource; 
import javax.xml.transform.stream.StreamResult; 

class CreateDomXml 
  public static void main(String[] args
    //Create instance of DocumentBuilderFactory
    DocumentBuilderFactory factory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
    //Get the DocumentBuilder
    DocumentBuilder docBuilder = factory.newDocumentBuilder();
    //Create blank DOM Document
        Document doc = docBuilder.newDocument();

    //create the root element
        Element root = doc.createElement("root");
    //all it to the xml tree
      //create a comment
      Comment comment = doc.createComment("This is comment");
      //add in the root element

    //create child element
    Element childElement = doc.createElement("Child");
    //Add the atribute to the child
    childElement.setAttribute("attribute1","The value of Attribute 1");

    TransformerFactory tranFactory = TransformerFactory.newInstance()
    Transformer aTransformer = tranFactory.newTransformer()

    Source src = new DOMSource(doc)
    Result dest = new StreamResult(System.out)
    aTransformer.transform(src, dest)

    }catch(Exception e){



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5 comments so far (post your own) View All Comments Latest 10 Comments:

To create a XML Document and tree structure for my project entitled as Tamilnadu Tourism.

Posted by jeya on Thursday, 08.5.10 @ 13:22pm | #98714

Good.. thankyou

Posted by Renjan on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 00:53am | #84468

this is good but as per my requirement I create the XML database but how could I implement the query in XML database using core java?

Posted by Rudra Prasad Lahiri on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 07:15am | #83262

thanks a lot for helping me in xml-dom.

Posted by venkat on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 15:46pm | #44504

Plz Help Me
I want to edit xml file by Java
If any one have any idia about this then help;

Posted by Mukesh on Thursday, 12.20.07 @ 15:51pm | #43103

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