yegor256 yegor256 - 4 years ago 226
Java Question

What is a good alternative of LTRIM and RTRIM in Java?

What is a good alternative of JavaScript

ltrim()
and
rtrim()
functions in Java?

Answer Source

With a regex you could write:

String s = ...
String ltrim = s.replaceAll("^\\s+","");
String rtrim = s.replaceAll("\\s+$","");

If you have to do it often, you can create and compile a pattern for better performance:

private final static Pattern LTRIM = Pattern.compile("^\\s+");

public static String ltrim(String s) {
    return LTRIM.matcher(s).replaceAll("");
}

From a performance perspective, a quick micro benchmark shows (post JIT compilation) that the regex approach is about 5 times slower than the loop (0.49s vs. 0.11s for 1 million ltrim).

I personally find the regex approach more readable and less error prone but if performance is an issue you should use the loop solution.

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