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Groovy Goodness: Getting Parts Of A String Enclosed By Strings

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

Groovy 3 adds the takeBetween method to the String class. With this method we can get all the characters that are enclosed by string values. We can specify one enclosed string value and then all text between the the first occurrence of the string and the second occurrence is returned. If multiple parts are enclosed by the string values we can also specify which occurrence we want. If the text is enclosed by different string values we can use a variant of takeBetween that takes two string values to indicate the boundaries of the text we want. Also with two different enclosed string values we can use an argument to get the n-th occurrence of the string that is found.
Since Groovy 3 we can also use takeBefore and takeAfter to get the string before or after a given string value. All three methods will return an empty string if no text can be found.

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Groovy Goodness: Taking Or Dropping Number Of Characters From A String

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

Groovy adds a lot of methods to the Java String class. For example we can use the take method to get a certain number of characters from the start of a string value. With the drop method we remove a given number of characters from the start of the string. In Groovy 3 we can now also take and drop a certain number of characters from the end of a string using the methods takeRight and dropRight.

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