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question on reflection

Raj Sing

Joined: Apr 23, 2003
Posts: 3
Hi All,

I had a problem during reflecting a method that accepts primitive aruguments.

I had a handler class called GenericValidator that has a method called


My program parses an xml file and gets handler class, methodName and all the arguments as Strings.

And the invoke method works only if I convert all the arguments to its respective wrapper Objects.

But for converting the primitives to their respective Wrapper Objects,
I had to write a method like one below (Though I didnt like write such a method).

Is there a better way of converting a String to an appropriate WrapperObject based on its value??

private static Object getWrapperObject(String primitive,String value){

Object wrapperObject = null;


wrapperObject = new Integer(value);
else if(primitive.equalsIgnoreCase("float")){
wrapperObject = new Float(value);
else if(primitive.equalsIgnoreCase("double")){
wrapperObject = new Double(value);
else if(primitive.equalsIgnoreCase("long")){
wrapperObject = new Long(value);
else if(primitive.equalsIgnoreCase("short")){
wrapperObject = new Short(value);
else if(primitive.equalsIgnoreCase("byte")){
wrapperObject = new Byte(value);
else if(primitive.equalsIgnoreCase("char")){
wrapperObject = new Character (value.toCharArray()[0]);

return wrapperObject;
Maulin Vasavada
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Joined: Nov 04, 2001
Posts: 1873
Hi Raj,

I guess you would have to do it the way you are doing because you are getting argument values as "String" not in primitive type as int and all.

In reflection, if the method has primitive type as argument you would have to pass appropriate wrapper object.

Stan James
(instanceof Sidekick)
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Joined: Jan 29, 2003
Posts: 8791
I'm fanatical about reducing or removing long if/else statements like that. Most of the wrapper classes can be created with a single String argument. I made a generic wrapper creator that looks up the primitive type in a hashmap, gets the wrapper Class and uses reflection to invoke the single String constructor on the wrapper. Worked for all but Character which took a special case.

Coming into this mValue is always a String. Coming out, it is an instance of hte proper wrapper. The Reflector just finds the matching constructor and invokes it. This code is here if you care:

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
I agree. Here's the link:
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