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From "Inger, Matthew" <>
Subject RE: [lang] StringUtils.split() functionality wrt separator repeat s
Date Mon, 08 Dec 2003 13:47:49 GMT
try the new "Tokenizer" class.  You can get it from CVS.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ash .. []
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 5:46 AM
Subject: [lang] StringUtils.split() functionality wrt separator repeats

The StringUtils.split(), suggest as an alternative to StringTokenizer, 
ignores adjacent separators.
However, I feel that it would be better if they were not ignored, and empty 
strings be returned when such a case occurs. Or, there be an overloaded 
option which lets the user specify whether to ignore separator repeats or 

As I see it, it is more often that a separator repeat occurs due to the 
absence of data in a specified series of, say, cells. Taking the typical 
case of a CSV file line read, finding two commas would mean a cell is empty,

not that the resultant array should have one element less. It must rather 
have the expected number of elements with the repeat case entailing an empty




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