XStream Int parsing issue

This blog is about issue in parsing int data from an xml.
While working with XStream I experienced a problem, if the xml comprises an int data beginning from 0 XStream was throwing an Exception ConversionException. On digging deeper I patterned out that the converter(IntConverter) used to convert the string value into corresponding integer value was causing problem. If the string had 0 as prefix then that string is treated as an octal value and it try to decode it as an octal value. That’s why when a value such as 089 is processed by this converter, the converter processed that value as an octal and tried to decode it and since 8 & 9 are not in octal base that’s why converter was throwing this exception. To get the better of this problem you can either have the numeric values in xml without following 0s or you can write your own converter.

Template design pattern in action part1

So finally I got time to complete the blog 🙂

I’ll discuss about how we can solve the problem using templating design pattern. So what we have done, we have written a Template class “CacheTemplate” having a method getCachedData.
getCachedData takes 2 parameters
key: Key for which we have data cached
cacheCallback: If we don’t have data cached then we will call this cacheCallback to get the data and store it into cache.


public class CacheTemplate {
private CacheProvider cacheProvider;
public  T getCachedData(String key,
CacheCallback cacheCallback) {
T data = (T) cacheProvider.get(key);
if (data == null) {
data = cacheCallback.cacheOperation();
cacheProvider.put(key, data);
}
return data;
}
}

Now taking forward the example taken in previos blog, let us apply this template to the “getPersons” method


public List getPersons() {

return cacheTemplate.getCachedData("persons", new CacheCallback>() {
@Override
public List cacheOperation() {
_getPersons();
}
}
}

private List _getPersons() {
persons = //Business logic to get persons;
return persons;
}

Now if you compare the current implementation with the previous implementation and check the concerns we had they all are resolved.
1.) Now our business logic of retrieving the persons is at one place.
2.) Now we have a generic implementation of managing cache.