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replacing %20 in a string

Vijaishanker bala
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Joined: Sep 08, 2005
Posts: 82
Hi all,

can someone tell me as to how I can replace the "%20" in a string...
String.replaceAll("%20","");----> does not seem to work for this one
thanx

vijai


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Seb Mathe
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Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 225
It should work...

"%20".replaceAll("%20", "") --> "" for me...

Are you trying to decode URLs ?
Have a look at java.net.URLDecoder in this case.


Regards,<br />Seb<br /> <br />SCJP 1.4
Vijaishanker bala
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Joined: Sep 08, 2005
Posts: 82
thats the code which is trying to replace


String projectPath="/playground/New%20Folder";

if (projectPath.indexOf("%20") > 0) {
System.out.println("found");
projectPath.replaceAll("%20", "");
}
projectPath = projectPath.substring(1);
System.out.println("PROJECT PATH IS " + projectPath);


and the output I get is

found
PROJECT PATH IS playground/New%20Folder
Michael Lloyd Lee
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Joined: Sep 07, 2005
Posts: 22
String is immutable. And so replaceAll does not effect the current string, but returns a new one.
Try


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Vijaishanker bala
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Thanx michael, it worked...and the next time I will be careful about posting the code using the prescribed format

vijai
Layne Lund
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Why do you have an if statement? replaceAll() won't replace anything that isn't there. Of course, you may be worried about the cost of calling replaceAll() when there is nothing to replace. Does this happen very often? The current paradigm is to not worry about such optimizations until after you run code metrics to determine if it will make a significant difference in the run-time for your code.


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