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Multichar delimeter to split string

800839 Newbie
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Splitting a String with multichar delimeter:-

String input = "BOBMICHEAL$@$AR@12-5";
StringTokenizer strTokenizer = new StringTokenizer(input,"$@$");
String custName = null;
String custNumber = null;
List<String> custNameList =new ArrayList<String>();
List<String> custNumberList = new ArrayList<String>();
custName = strTokenizer.nextToken();
System.out.println("the custName is:"+custName);
custNumber = strTokenizer.nextToken();
System.out.println("the custNumber is:"+custNumber);


the custName is:BOBMICHEAL
the custNumber is:AR
the custName is:12-5

Here I have 2 data custname & custnumber, here the custname (BOBMICHEAL)and custnumber (AR@12-5) can have special characters.
We will get the custname & custnumber appended with a multichar delimeter $@$, hence we are using the delimeter $@$ to split the string.
But the problem is since we are having "@"for custnumber AR@12-5 the multichar delimeter $@$ is splitting the custnumber in to
2 as well (AR & 12-5) which is wrong. Here I need to get the values as below:-

the custName is:BOBMICHEAL
the custNumber is:AR@12-5

After the multichar delimiter $@$ we need to get the whole custnumber my supporting the special characters as well. Hence we need to get the custnumber
as AR@12-5 as supposed to AR & 12-5 as shown above. Now i can achieve this as there can be any Spl. characters that can be there for custname & number?

Please clarify.

  • 1. Re: Multichar delimeter to split string
    gimbal2 Guru
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    What the heck:
    public class Test {
      public static void main(String[] args){
         String test = "This is$@$a test for split$@$$@$, it works.";
         String[] parts = test.split("\\$@\\$");
         if(parts != null){
           for(int i = 0; i < parts.length; i++){
         } else {
         System.out.println("Blast! Failed!");
    This is
    a test for split

    , it works.
    I'm silly like that. When I want to split a String, I use String.split().                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • 2. Re: Multichar delimeter to split string
    800839 Newbie
    Currently Being Moderated
    Thanks gimbal2.


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