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I'm new here... but I'm a computer freak (more than literally ). I am great at VB.NET... but I have a function which does not have a corresponding one in java: IsNumeric(String input). Does anyone know how to find out whether a String is a number (int or floating-point)? Thanks. P.S.: Please do not tell me about Character.IsDigit - I don't want loops!
P.S.: Please do not tell me about Character.IsDigit - I don't want loops!
Whats the matter with loops. Any solution given will probably (whether expilcitly or internally) have to loop through each character in the string and see if its a digit or a '.' (although not more than one). What kind of solution were you interested in?
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Note that the original question allowed for floating-point as well. Ignoring the possibility of exponential notation, this suggests a more elaborate regex like:
Unfortunately that's a bit involved for the beginner forum. So, Lambert: if you are familiar with regular expressions, or are sufficiently motiviated to learn more about them, I recommend something like the above. (Note that I haven't tested it, so don't be too trusting that everything there is correct.) If not, well, the try/catch with Double.parseDouble() that Garrett suggested is the simplest thing to code.
Here is a more optimized regex for detecting floating point numbers -- no need for grouping or the OR operator.
Henry [ October 31, 2006: Message edited by: Henry Wong ]
Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Yeah - though that will reject something like "42.", which may or may not be something the user might expect to be able to enter. Such a format is legal for a floating-point literal in Java, after all. Though most people would use "42" or "42.0" instead.
I know that I am late to party here, but here is some more info on this topic, solving the numeric check by using Apache Commons, more info here: Stack Overflow (http://stackoverflow.com/a/3507236/549510).