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xin wen
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Joined: Oct 11, 2002
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Anyone know if there is a way to do this?
When I use System.out.print(...), there are three columns and twenty rows, but the data is in different size, so when I displayed them, they can not be at the same columns, for example:
abcde adddddd yyyyyyyy
as jk rt
What I want is to adjust jk in adddddd column, and rt is in yyyyyyy column, so I wander if you know how to do it in java?
Thanks so much!
Pradeep bhatt
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May be this will help

Jason Kretzer
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One way, maybe not the best way is to pad with spaces. For example, lets say each column is 20 spaces wide. And you have to display the following row
String[] s1 = {"asdf", "fdsa", "jklh", "hlkj"};
each of which is its own String. You could use a StringBuffer and pad as so

this should give you a rough idea on how it can be done.
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Stan James
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Going to std out for screen display, you need to pad the short strings with spaces to match the length of the longest strings. You might have to loop through your data first to find the longest string in column 1 and then pad every row to that length. Or you might know a reasonable maximum length ahead of time.
I made myself a String utility class with static methods inspired by the Rexx language, so I'd do something like:

left and right methods pad or truncate to a given length. You can optionally tell them what pad character to use.
Probably seems like more work than you were hoping for? Hope it helps!

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xin wen
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Joined: Oct 11, 2002
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Thanks all for replying and helps!
I will try to see if I can make it working!
chi Lin
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Joined: Aug 24, 2001
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some otehr convenient methods regarding alignment I saw at Javaranch
(sorry, forgot who the author is )

not so smart guy still curious to learn new stuff every now and then
Sainudheen Mydeen
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Joined: Aug 18, 2003
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Using StringBuffer will be a better approach.
I agree. Here's the link:
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