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sakshi sa
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Hi All,

when i practicing string methods, i didn't understand difference b/w string replace and string replace All.

could you please tell me that difference and please provide sample code on string methods.
 
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Did you read the api?

String replace(char oldChar, char newChar)
Returns a new string resulting from replacing all occurrences of oldChar in this string with newChar.
String replace(CharSequence target, CharSequence replacement)
Replaces each substring of this string that matches the literal target sequence with the specified literal replacement sequence.
String replaceAll(String regex, String replacement)
Replaces each substring of this string that matches the given regular expression with the given replacement.


There are two 'replace' methods, and one 'replaceAll' method. the first replace method takes a SINGLE CHARACTER, and replaces it with a SINGLE CHARACTER.

The second will take a CharSequence - basically a string - and will replace it with another string (note - I used a little 's' there on purpose).

Finally, the 'replaceAll' takes a regular expression, which lets you do much more powerful substitutions, and replaces it with a String. So you could pass "r.n" and it would replace "run", "ran", or "ron" (or many other things) with what you supply.
 
Atul Darne
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replace function replaces a single character
and replace all function replaces each occurrence of the character with a new character provided.
 
sakshi sa
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thanks.
 
Rob Spoor
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Atul Darne wrote:replace function replaces a single character

That used to be the case, but since Java 5.0 there's another one.

and replace all function replaces each occurrence of the character with a new character provided.

No it doesn't. That's what replace(char, char) does. replaceAll doesn't even replace characters; it replaces regular expressions.
 
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sakshi sa,
Your post was moved to a new topic.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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