Strings manipulation is a common and frequent task in the everyday life of a developer. JDK doesn't provide much help on this topic. The
StringUtil class offers more than 100 additional string utilities (and still growing). And each one is optimized for speed. Description of some methods follows, more details can be founded in JavaDoc and test cases.
replace() is one of the most missing functionality String needs. It doesn't use a regular expression, just simply replaces all founded substrings. Alternatively, there is a method that replaces just first or last occurrence of some substring:
Besides substrings, it is possible to replace a single character as well as several characters at once, by using
Similar to replace methods, removing methods removes all substring occurrences from the provided target string:
remove(). The same can be done for removing a single character, as well as more characters at once:
StringUtil provides methods for the detection of empty and blank strings. Empty strings are those that are either
null or with zero-length;
isNotEmpty(). Blank strings are those that are either empty or that contains just whitespaces;
StringUtil also may check several strings at once:
equals() offers safe compression of provided strings: it will not fail if one of the arguments is
null. Similarly, there is
equalsIgnoreCase() for checking two strings ignoring the characters case.
Two methods that are always needed:
When parsing, splitting a string into substrings is also a common task.
StringUtil offers several split methods.
split(String src, String delimiter) splits a string into several parts (tokens) that are separated by a delimiter. A delimiter is always surrounded by two strings (tokens)! If there is no content between two delimiters, an empty string will be returned for that token. Therefore, the length of the returned array will always be
#delimiters + 1. This method is much, much faster than regexp variant
String.split() and just a bit faster than
splitc(String src, char d) and
splitc(String src, String d)splits a string into several parts (tokens) that are separated by delimiter characters. A delimiter may contain any number of characters, and it is always surrounded by two strings.
StringUtil provides many missing
indexOf methods. It is possible to scan just an inner part of a string, to ignore case while searching, to scan in both directions (from start or and of the string)... There are also more scanners, such:
In the same manner,
endsWithIgnoreCase() are commonly needed methods.
But that is not all:) It is also possible to scan for more strings at the same time. Such methods return an
int array, where the first element is a substring index and the second element is founded position.
There are also character-oriented scanners, that search for the first/last occurrence of provided character(s).
Another set of common methods for trimming (removing whitespaces from left and right), cropping (setting empty strings to
null), stripping (first or last characters from a string in a safe manner) and cutting (cut a string from the beginning or from the end up to the first occurrence of some substring, or cutting last or first words).
This is a powerful region scanning method that returns indexes of the first occurrence of some string region. The region is and substring defined by its left and right boundary. The return value is an array of the following indexes: start of left boundary index, region start index (i.e. end of the left boundary), region end index (i.e. start of the right boundary), and end of right boundary index.
Escape characters may be used to prefix boundaries so they can be ignored. Double escaped regions will be found, and the first index of the result will be decreased to include one escape character. If a region is not founded,
null is returned.
Obviously, this is just a subset of the ever-growing number of utilities we provide in the
StringUtil. Please check the code or the JavaDocs :)