java annotations: library to override annotations with xml files

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Published on 2009-09-24T08:15:09Z Indexed on 2010/04/07 20:23 UTC
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Java has annotations and that is good. However, some developers feel that it is best to annotate code with metadata using xml files - others prefer annotations but would use metadata to override annotations in source code.

I am writing a Java framework that uses annotations. The question is: is there a standard way to define and parse metadata from xml files. I think this is something every framework that uses annotations could benefit from but I can seem to find something like this on the Internet.

Must I roll my own xml parsing/validation or has someone already done something like this?

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