ToStringHelper

Posted by Lucio Benfante Fri, 11 Nov 2005 18:49:00 GMT

One of the traits I personally appreciate most in a good programmer is what I call the “constructive laziness”. It is the attitude to build software solutions for avoiding boring activities.

One of the most frequent and boring activities happening in the writing of a Java class is the implementation of the toString method, especially if the class contains lot of attributes and if it is frequently updated.

Last summer, in a mood of constructive laziness than surely doesn’t make me a good programmer, I wrote a small class library that tries to solve this problem. Using such library you can write a toString method as simple as the following:

public String toString() { ToStringHelper.toString(this); }

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