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From "Aaron Digulla (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (IO-315) Replace all "String encoding" parameters with a value type
Date Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:20:27 GMT

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Aaron Digulla commented on IO-315:
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My point is that everyone litters their code with string constants. String constants are bad
for various reasons and APIs should not endorse them. In my own code, I use an interface so
everyone can add more encodings if they need that but afterwards, I always know what is an
encoding and what is text data (so no mixups like {{FileUtils.write("UTF-8", "Hello, world")}}).

But I agree that commons IO is probably the wrong place to add them. Moving to commons-lang
(which also contains code that handles the exception).
                
> Replace all "String encoding" parameters with a value type
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: IO-315
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/IO-315
>             Project: Commons IO
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Streams/Writers
>    Affects Versions: 2.1
>            Reporter: Aaron Digulla
>
> Please create an interface "Encoding" plus a set of useful defaults (UTF_8, ISO_LATIN_1,
CP_1250 and CP_1252).
> Use this interface in all places where "String encoding" is used now. This would make
the API more reliable, improve code reuse and reduce futile catch blocks for {{UnsupportedEncodingException}}.

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