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Two text packages of Java, which to use?

Walter Gabrielsen Iii
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I need to parse text. I'm looking at two packages in Java's API:
java.text
java.util.regex

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


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