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Subject [Jakarta-commons Wiki] Update of "BeanUtils/FAQ" by SimonKitching
Date Wed, 15 Jun 2005 10:16:16 GMT
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Added info re ConvertUtils conversions from X to String

  FAQ entry titled "How can I correctly convert locale-specific input?" for specific information
  about this.
+ === How can I customise conversions from type X to String? ===
+ Sorry, but !ConvertUtils isn't really designed to do that. It is fundamentally about mapping
+ (from xml input or web forms, etc) to objects.
+ The standard converter to the String type simply calls toString on its input object, so
you can customise the
+ output for objects of any particular class by modifying the toString method of that class.
+ Or you could replace the converter for target type String.class with a custom converter
which inspects the type
+ of the object and does a big switch statement. Or maybe even look up a mapping table of
subconverter objects 
+ based on the type of the object being converted.
+ But in general if you need to do this, then !ConvertUtils is probably the wrong tool for
your job. You might like
+ to look at, google for alternatives or craft your own solution.
  === Why do I get ConversionException when using RowSetDynaClass with Oracle? ===
  Oracle's JDBC driver is broken. When a query is run against a table containing a Timestamp

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