StringBuffer class in Java

String Class in Java

StringBuffer is a peer class of String that provides much of the functionality of strings. String represents fixed-length, immutable character sequences while StringBuffer represents growable and writable character sequences.

StringBuffer may have characters and substrings inserted in the middle or appended to the end. It will automatically grow to make room for such additions and often has more characters preallocated than are actually needed, to allow room for growth.

StringBuffer Constructors

StringBuffer( ): It reserves room for 16 characters without reallocation.

StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer();

StringBuffer( int size)It accepts an integer argument that explicitly sets the size of the buffer.

StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer(20);

StringBuffer(String str): It accepts a String argument that sets the initial contents of the StringBuffer object and reserves room for 16 more characters without reallocation.

StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("GeeksforGeeks");

Methods

Some of the most used methods are:

  • length( ) and capacity( ): The length of a StringBuffer can be found by the length( ) method, while the total allocated capacity can be found by the capacity( ) method.

Code Example:

import java.io.*;
class GFG
{
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("GeeksforGeeks");
        int p=s.length();
        int q=s.capacity();
        System.out.println("Length of string GeeksforGeeks="+p);
        System.out.println("Capacity of string GeeksforGeeks="+q);
    }
}

Output:

Length of string GeeksforGeeks=13
Capacity of string GeeksforGeeks=29
  • append( ): It is used to add text at the end of the existence text. Here are a few of its forms:
                            StringBuffer append(String str)
                            StringBuffer append(int num)

Code Example:

import java.io.*;
class GFG
{
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("Geeksfor");
        s.append("Geeks");
        System.out.println(s); //returns GeeksforGeeks
        s.append(1);
        System.out.println(s); //returns GeeksforGeeks1
    }
}

Output:

GeeksforGeeks
GeeksforGeeks1
  • insert( ): It is used to insert text at the specified index position. These are a few of its forms:
                    StringBuffer insert(int index, String str)
                     StringBuffer insert(int index, char ch)

Here, index specifies the index at which point the string will be inserted into the invoking StringBuffer object.

Code Example:

import java.io.*;
class GFG
{
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("GeeksGeeks");
        s.insert(5, "for");
        System.out.println(s); //returns GeeksforGeeks
        s.insert(0,5);
        System.out.println(s); //returns 5GeeksforGeeks
    }
}

Output:

GeeksforGeeks
5GeeksforGeeks
  • reverse( ): It can reverse the characters within a StringBuffer object using reverse( ).This method returns the reversed object on which it was called. 

Code Example:

import java.io.*;
class GFG
{
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("GeeksGeeks");
        s.reverse();
        System.out.println(s); //returns skeeGrofskeeG
        }
}

Output:

skeeGrofskeeG
  • delete( ) and deleteCharAt( ): It can delete characters within a StringBuffer by using the methods delete( ) and deleteCharAt( ).The delete( ) method deletes a sequence of characters from the invoking object. Here, start Index specifies the index of the first character to remove, and end Index specifies an index one past the last character to remove. Thus, the substring deleted runs from start Index to endIndex–1. The resulting StringBuffer object is returned. The   deleteCharAt( ) method deletes the character at the index specified by loc. It returns the resulting StringBuffer object.These methods are shown here:
                StringBuffer delete(int startIndex, int endIndex)
                       StringBuffer deleteCharAt(int loc)

Code Example:

import java.io.*;
class GFG
{
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("GeeksforGeeks");
        s.delete(0,5);
        System.out.println(s); //returns forGeeks
        s.deleteCharAt(7);
        System.out.println(s); //returns forGeek
    }
}

Output:

forGeeks
forGeek
  • replace( ): It can replace one set of characters with another set inside a StringBuffer object by calling replace( ). The substring being replaced is specified by the indexes start Index and endIndex. Thus, the substring at start Index through endIndex–1 is replaced. The replacement string is passed in str.The resulting StringBuffer object is returned.Its signature is shown here:
           StringBuffer replace(int startIndex, int endIndex, String str)

Code Example:

import java.io.*;
class GFG
{
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
        StringBuffer s=new StringBuffer("GeeksforGeeks");
        s.replace(5,8,"are");
        System.out.println(s); //returns GeeksareGeeks
    }
}

Output:

GeeksareGeeks
  • ensureCapacity( ): It is used to increase the capacity of a StringBuffer object. The new capacity will be set to either the value we specify or twice the current capacity plus two (i.e. capacity+2), whichever is larger. Here, capacity specifies the size of the buffer.
                     void ensureCapacity(int capacity)

Besides that all the methods that are used in String class can also be used.

 Some Interesting facts:

  1. lang.Object is extended by java.lang.StringBuffer.
  1. All Implemented Interfaces of StringBuffer class:Serializable, Appendable, CharSequence.
  1. public final class StringBuffer extends Object implements Serializable, CharSequence
  1. String buffers are safe for use by multiple threads. The methods can be synchronized wherever necessary so that all the operations on any particular instance behave as if they occur in some serial order.
  1. Whenever an operation occurs involving a source sequence (such as appending or inserting from a source sequence) this class synchronizes only on the string buffer performing the operation, not on the source.
  1. It inherits some of the methods from Object class which are clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll.

 StringBuilder: J2SE 5 adds a new string class to Java’s already powerful string handling capabilities. This new class is called StringBuilder. It is identical to StringBuffer except for one important difference: it is not synchronized, which means that it is not thread-safe. The advantage of StringBuilder is faster performance. However, in cases in which you are using multithreading, you must use StringBuffer rather than StringBuilder.

This article is contributed by Lokesh Todwal. Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above

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