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Get the first element child.

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import javax.xml.transform.OutputKeys;
import javax.xml.transform.Transformer;
import javax.xml.transform.TransformerException;
import javax.xml.transform.TransformerFactory;
import javax.xml.transform.dom.DOMSource;

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 {
   * Get the first element child.
   * @param parent lookup direct childs
   * @param name name of the element. If null return the first element.
  public static Node getChild(Node parent, String name) {
      if (parent == null) {
          return null;

      Node first = parent.getFirstChild();
      if (first == null) {
          return null;

      for (Node node = first; node != null; node = node.getNextSibling()) {
          // System.out.println("getNode: " + name + " " +
          // node.getNodeName());
          if (node.getNodeType() != Node.ELEMENT_NODE) {
          if (name != null && name.equals(node.getNodeName())) {
              return node;
          if (name == null) {
              return node;
      return null;


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