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From "Henri Biestro (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Resolved] (JEXL-168) Dedicated operator for String concatenation
Date Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:08:04 GMT


Henri Biestro resolved JEXL-168.
    Resolution: Fixed

JexlArithmetic.add(...) updated so that if the arguments are 2 strings or the arithmetic is
strict and one of them is a string, add performs a string concatenation. 


Committed revision 1692633.

> Dedicated operator for String concatenation
> -------------------------------------------
>                 Key: JEXL-168
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons JEXL
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Dmitri Blinov
>            Assignee: Henri Biestro
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.0
> While overloaded '\+' operator basically works with Strings in many cases, it works with
them in unpredictable manner, for example, if we try to concatenate two parts of IP address
with expression "127.0" + "0.1" it will give us the result 127.1 by successfully trying first
to convert both operands to numbers and perform addtion. In generic algorithm that combines
two parts of some code from database it is hard to say what characters those codes might be
consist of, and when this algorithm will eventually break. I understand that this syntax has
neverthelless a long history, and changing its behaviour may break many legacy applications.
And via the extension of JexlArithmetic we can override *add* method to support different
priority for Strings, but that just means that default implementation of the very basic operation
is not ideal. In my case I consider refraining from usage of '\+' for Strings altogether and
overriding some other operator like '|', with less side effects, but anyway constructs like
127 | 1 will divert to original implementation. So I suggest that we could have a dedicated
operator for concatenation, like for example in "EL 3.0" they reserved "+=" for this purpose,
and regardless of types of operands it will convert to strings both parts and return concatenation.

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