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String literals and escapes

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Joined: 2003-07-01

I would like to see the C# feature of a prefix character to String literals which tells Java not to expect escape sequences in the String.

This would make file names simpler:

<br />
  String filename = "c:\\myproject\\mysubproject\\test.txt";<br />
  // ...would become...<br />
  String filename = @"c:\myproject\mysubproject\test.txt";<br />

As would regular expressions:

<br />
  String urlRegEx = "(http)(://)(.*?)/(.*?)\\?(.*)"<br />
  // ...would become...<br />
  String urlRegEx = @"(http)(://)(.*?)/(.*?)\?(.*)"<br />

Particularly when filenames get long or regular expressions get more complicated it would make them much easier to read.

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Joined: 2004-03-15

+1 to this feature!. This is a way to escape from the escape hell!

Joined: 2003-12-08


Is there any reason not to do this? When Java introduced regular expression matching into the standard API with 1.4, it was a huge help. This seems like the next logical step. My only fear would be that once this is added, other shortcuts like this cound be introduced that are not as necessary. IMO, shortcuts like the following are not necessary at all:
String str = << blah

I would much rather see:
String str = "

Honestly, I have no problem with:
String str = "\nblah\nblah";

Definitely +1 for the regular expression and file name escaping though.