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Get First Element

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import javax.xml.namespace.QName;

import org.w3c.dom.Element;
import org.w3c.dom.Node;

 * Few simple utils to read DOM. This is originally from the Jakarta Commons
 * Modeler.
 * @author Costin Manolache
public class Utils {
  public static Element getFirstElement(Node parent) {
    Node n = parent.getFirstChild();
    while (n != null && Node.ELEMENT_NODE != n.getNodeType()) {
        n = n.getNextSibling();
    if (n == null) {
        return null;
    return (Element)n;
  public static Element getNextElement(Element el) {
    Node nd = el.getNextSibling();
    while (nd != null) {
        if (nd.getNodeType() == Node.ELEMENT_NODE) {
            return (Element)nd;
        nd = nd.getNextSibling();
    return null;



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