To obtain a byte in the UTF-8 encoding from a String
object, I use a getBytes("UTF-8").
This is cumbersome...
Firstly, it is error prone (I mistakenly wrote "UTF-9"
just today, which more or less decided me to post this
Secondly, I'm forced to catch an "unsupported encoding"
exception. Which is completely dumb, as every J2SE JVM
is forced, by the specs, to offer the UTF-8 encoding.
So, I'd like to have a method getBytesUTF8Encoded() in
the String class. Without parameter, without the need
to catch a non-sense exception (a method returning
directly "UTF-8", without needing to pass a prone-to-
error string parameter, would not be able to throw
But something else than the current cumbersome and
prone to error getBytes("UTF-8") throwing a phantom
Your thoughts on this?
P.S: I'm not against adding getBytesISOLatin1() method
etc., as long as it's for encoding *mandatory by the
specs* to be in the JVM.
>... if you're worried about your ability to write string
> constants correctly...
no, you're oversimplifying what I explained in details.
I'm not "worried about my ability to write string constants
correctly", but thanks for the concern.
> Also, if that typo was hard to find then there is something
> wrong with your program design. Do you write tests for your
> code at all?
At first look, that paragraph contains at least two logical fallacies
(first hint: I never said the typo was hard to find; second
hint: you're trying to shift the discussion on program design).
But, on a second look, you weren't really asserting anything: it
was just a question! Which, ironically, the way you formulated
it, makes it possible to easily name /three/ logical fallacies
contained in a single, short, paragraph.
If you want to talk about "program design", shall we discuss
the logic behind having to catch an impossible exception?
What do you think about being forced to catch an exception that
is, by the specs, impossible to happen?
Because, you know, quite frankly I don't know which is more
absurd between having to catch an exception that can never
happen or Logitech's USB mouse extension cord instructions
that can be found in your sig (it's scary for sure
See you soon on c.l.j.p.,
P.S : and yes, I do use unit tests, yes, I caught the typo
on the first launch and, no, a static method in a helper
class isn't nowhere near as convenient as would be the
ability to call a method directly on a String object.