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    Default Define a String as multiple things

    How do you define a single String variable as multiple things?

    i.e.
    String name = "Bob" and "Frank"

    I have tried the following:
    String name = "Bob", "Frank";
    String name = "Bob" || "Frank"; (I knew this wouldn't work since it is a boolean but I felt like it was worth trying)
    String name = "Bob"
    name.equals("Frank");

    Any contribution is appreciated.


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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    If I understand you correctly, you're looking to hold a list of strings? I would recommend using either an array or a collection.

    // array solution
    String name[] = new String[]{"Bob", "Frank"};

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    what about having somthing where you take a lot of words and recognize them and somhow have a way to replace them is there a way to do that?

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    a way to do that
    Some times there are methods to do things and some times you have to write the code yourself.
    The Collections and Collection classes have methods for some of what you want to do.

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    Quote Originally Posted by helloworld922 View Post
    If I understand you correctly, you're looking to hold a list of strings? I would recommend using either an array or a collection.

    // array solution
    String name[] = new String[]{"Bob", "Frank"};
    I simply want to define one String variable as multiple things.

    For instance: String bigString = "WooHoo" and "HooWoo"
    Specifically what I'm looking for is this: String side = "One" AND "one" so that with or without capitals can be typed.

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    I simply want to define one String variable as multiple things.
    That sounds like an array or a collection.

    with or without capitals can be typed.
    IF a variable can have more than one value (maybe hundreds), which value should it return to you when you use the variable in your code?

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    Quote Originally Posted by bgroenks96 View Post
    Specifically what I'm looking for is this: String side = "One" AND "one" so that with or without capitals can be typed.
    If that's all you're looking to do, you might want to look at this: String (Java Platform SE 6)
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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    If that's all you're looking to do, you might want to look at this: String (Java Platform SE 6)
    Thank you! That is exactly what I needed!

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    That's quite different from your original request:
    String name = "Bob" and "Frank"

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    That's quite different from your original request:
    My original mentality was to just define the String as both "Bob" and "bob" (example). I wasn't aware that there was an equalsIgnoreCase function. That works much better for what I'm looking for.

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    Default Re: Define a String as multiple things

    This is a good example of a time you should have described what your actual goal was, not how you thought you should go about accomplishing it. At first, I thought you were talking about Collections (or Enums) as well. This approach is listed as "Describe the goal, not the step" in the link in my signature on asking smart questions.

    Either way, I'm glad you eventually got it sorted, and the API should be one of your best friends (and your first stop for information) from here on out.
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