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What`s New in Java 1.5 Tiger?

Call it Java 1.5, 2.0, Java 5, Tiger, or what have you -- this version of Java has a lot to offer. This article covers just some of the new features. It is excerpted from chapter one of Java 1.5 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook, written by Brett McLaughlin and David Flanagan (O'Reilly, 2004; ISBN: 0596007388).

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By: O'Reilly Media
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May 19, 2005
  1. · What`s New in Java 1.5 Tiger?
  2. · Using Queues
  3. · Ordering Queues Using Comparators
  4. · Overriding Return Types
  5. · Taking Advantage of Better Unicode
  6. · Adding StringBuilder to the Mix

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What`s New in Java 1.5 Tiger? - Adding StringBuilder to the Mix
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As you work through this book, you’ll find that in several instances, the class StringBuilder is used, most often in the manner that you’re used to seeing StringBuffer used. StringBuilder is a new Tiger class intended to be a drop-in replacement for StringBuffer in cases where thread safety isn’t an issue.

How do I do that?

Replace all your StringBuffer code with StringBuilder code. Really—it’s as simple as that. If you’re working in a single-thread environment, or in a piece of code where you aren’t worried about multiple threads accessing the code, or synchronization, it’s best to use StringBuilder instead of StringBuffer. All the methods you are used to seeing on StringBuffer exist for StringBuilder, so there shouldn’t be any compilation problems doing a straight search and replace on your code. Example 1-5 is just such an example; I wrote it using StringBuffer, and then did a straight search-and-replace, converting every occurrence of “StringBuffer” with “StringBuilder”.

Example 1-5Replacing StringBuffer with StringBuilder

  package com.oreilly.tiger.ch01;
import java.util.ArrayList;
  import java.util.Iterator;
  import java.util.List;
public class StringBuilderTester {
public static String appendItems(List list){
      StringBuilder b = new StringBuilder();
for (Iterator i = list.iterator(); i.hasNext( ); ) {
          .append(" ");
return b.toString();
public static void main(String[] args) {
      List list = new ArrayList();

You’ll see plenty of other code samples using StringBuilder in the rest of this book, so you’ll be thoroughly comfortable with the class by book’s end.

What about...

...all the new formatting stuff in Tiger, like printf() and format()?StringBuilder, as does StringBuffer, implements Appendable, making it usable by the new Formatter object described in Chapter 9. It really is a drop-in replacement—I promise!

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