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Returns the value of the given node

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import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Properties;

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

 * Class with some useful methods on XML document.
public final class XMLUtils {
   * Returns the value of the given node.
   * @param base the element from where to search.
   * @param name of the element to get.
   * @return the value of this element.
  public static String getStringValueElement(final Element base, final String name) {
      String value = null;

      // Get element
      NodeList list = base.getElementsByTagName(name);
      if (list.getLength() == 1) {
          Element element = (Element) list.item(0);
          Node node = element.getFirstChild();
          if (node != null) {
              value = node.getNodeValue();
      } else if (list.getLength() > 1) {
          throw new IllegalStateException("Element '" + name + "' on '" + base + "' should be unique but there are '"
                  + list.getLength() + "' elements");

      if (value != null) {
          value = value.trim();
      return value;


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