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Gstring interpolation from properties file

Jon Walser

Joined: Jul 23, 2012
Posts: 6
I've been handed a piece of groovy code and tasked with making it work. Of course it "worked fine" in its original environment...or so I'm told.

Properties file:


properties = new Properties();
FileInputStream propFile = new FileInputStream(

String dbEnv = properties.getProperty("db.db", "");
String url = properties.getProperty(dbEnv + ".jdbc.url", "");

System.out.println("env:" + dbEnv);
System.out.println("url:" + url);


And an error indicating that my url value didn't work.
I've read about the use of Gstring interpolation, but I don't see how to apply it in a properties file. I can, of course, write some method to walk through the properties, but I'm hoping for a more elegant solution.
Gregg Bolinger
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Can you change the properties file or does the code have to work with that specifically?

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Jon Walser

Joined: Jul 23, 2012
Posts: 6
The properties file is hundreds of lines long and will necessarily grow when the interpolation references are expanded. This will require significant manual effort, with the associated risk of fat-fingering and will increase the future maintenance issues.

I am already creating a simplyfied properties file (one database, one environment etc) so I can test the rest of the program. I was just hoping for a more elegant way.
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