1. 2015-08-31 - Walking the file tree with Java 7 NIO 2; Tags: Walking the file tree with Java 7 NIO 2

    Walking the file tree with Java 7 NIO 2

    Non-blocking I/O (usually called NIO, and sometimes called “New I/O”) is a collection of Java programming language APIs that offer features for intensive I/O operations.

    To walk a file tree, you first need to implement a FileVisitor. A FileVisitor specifies the required behavior at key points in the traversal process: when a file is visited, before a directory is accessed, after a directory is accessed, or when a failure occurs.

    See The Java™ Tutorials

    Following JUnit test example validates all XML files in a Maven resources directory with the Java built-in SAX (Simple API for XML) API.

     * Validates all the xml docs in `src/main/resources`
    public class XmlValdationTest {
        private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(XmlValdationTest.class);
        private static final String XSD_FILENAME = XSD.getFileName();
        private Set<String> excludeFiles;
        private javax.xml.validation.Validator validator;
        public void setUp() throws SAXException {
            // setup file excludes
            // prepare Validator
            Source xmlFile = new StreamSource(retrieveSchema());
            SchemaFactory schemaFactory = SchemaFactory.newInstance(XMLConstants.W3C_XML_SCHEMA_NS_URI);
            Schema schema = schemaFactory.newSchema(xmlFile);
            this.validator = schema.newValidator();
        /** add files to exclude here */
        private void setUpExcludes() {
            this.excludeFiles = new HashSet<String>();
         * retrieve current xsd from artifact xmlschema
         * @return
        private InputStream retrieveSchema() {
            return ClassLoader.getSystemResourceAsStream(XSD_FILENAME);
        public void testValidation() throws IOException {
            // arrange - get files
            Path folder = Paths.get("src", "main", "resources", "xml");
            // act
        private void validate(Path folder) throws IOException {
            final List<Path> xmlFiles = new ArrayList<>();
            Files.walkFileTree(folder, new SimpleFileVisitor<Path>() {
                public FileVisitResult visitFile(Path file, BasicFileAttributes attrs) throws IOException {
                    if (file.getFileName().toString().endsWith(".xml") && (!excludeFiles.contains(file.getFileName().toString()))) {
                    return FileVisitResult.CONTINUE;
            for (Path path : xmlFiles) {
                try {
                    // act
                    this.validator.validate(new StreamSource(path.toFile()));
                    LOGGER.info("{} is valid", path.getFileName());
                } catch (SAXException e) {
                    // assert
                    LOGGER.error("Validation failed for {}", path.getFileName(), e);
                    Assert.fail(String.format("%s is NOT valid", path.getFileName()));