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Two text packages of Java, which to use?

Walter Gabrielsen Iii
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Joined: Apr 09, 2011
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I need to parse text. I'm looking at two packages in Java's API:

They both appear to have what I want, so how do I choose which one to use? Which one is recommended, and why does Java have two text packages anyway?
Bear Bibeault
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One is focused on regular expressions. Do you really think that date and number formatting should be placed in the regex package?

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Paul Clapham

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
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I don't see why there has to be a choice between packages. Why is there a rule which says you can't use classes from both packages if you need to do that?
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 19684

Guess you haven't found javax.swing.text yet

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