File APIs for Java Developers
Manipulate DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF and many others from your application.
http://aspose.com/file-tools
The moose likes Java in General and the fly likes Multi-dimensional properties file Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Java » Java in General
Bookmark "Multi-dimensional properties file" Watch "Multi-dimensional properties file" New topic
Author

Multi-dimensional properties file

Mary Shields
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 29, 2008
Posts: 7
Is there a way to incorporate a multi-dimensional 'array' in a properties file?

In my situation, I want to look up a key and find associated field values for that key. For example: Name(key), address, phone number, etc.

Thank you.
Campbell Ritchie
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 39784
    
  28
Would you go through a text file and read name, address, phone number, and put them into a Map with name as "K" and address as "V?" That sounds easy enough. You could incorporate address, phone number, etc into a single class.

Is that what you mean?
Norm Radder
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 10, 2005
Posts: 690
    
    1
Since a Properties extends Hashtable, you have only a single key.
To have multiple dimensions, you can create dotted and suffixed key names for each of the sub values. For example:
Name1=john doe
Name1.address=123 river drive
Name1.phone=232-333-3333

Then use string concatenation to build the keys.
Mary Shields
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 29, 2008
Posts: 7
What I have is a table that uses a key to get multiple fields related to that key, for example, use 'name' to get the other fields (address, phone number, etc.). The values in the table change rarely, and there are very few entries. Maybe the properties file isn't the way to go?
Norm Radder
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 10, 2005
Posts: 690
    
    1
Not sure how you use one key to get multiple values from the same table. Surely you need one key per value. Or one table per value.
One way would be to have a record that contains the values as fields. Then the key would return the record with multiple values.
[ July 07, 2008: Message edited by: Norm Radder ]
Mary Shields
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 29, 2008
Posts: 7
I went ahead with the properties file, and delimited the values with commas. Then, used String.split to carve out the individual fields. The amount of data I'm using is trivial, so this works for me.
Ulf Dittmer
Marshal

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42596
    
  65
I'd consider creating a subclass of java.util.Properties. It would have an additional method that returns a Map of all those properties whose key starts with a given prefix ("name1" is your example). That can't be much more than 10 lines of code.


Ping & DNS - my free Android networking tools app
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
subject: Multi-dimensional properties file