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I'm after a simple routine to read items from a straight text file. I'm new to java, coming from a VisBasic/Perl background, and the stuff I've seen in the API documentation seems to make what I want to do complex.

The file has two string values separated by semi-colons on each line. I want to read the values into variables.

For example, in Perl I would do:
$VarName=<FILEHANDLE>;
($Var1,$Var2)=split(/;/,$VarName;


Is there a simple routine like this in Java?
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Question by:ism
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eelko earned 150 total points
ID: 1233964
// First you have to open a stream:
try
{
    in = new FileInputStream( filename );
}
catch( IOException e )
{
    System.err.println( "Can't open inputstream " + filename );
    System.exit(1);
}

// Then read a line from this stream
int inputBytesRead;
char inbuf = new char[80];

try
{
    inputBytesRead = in.read(inbuf);
}
catch( IOException e )
{
    System.err.println( "Can't read form input stream." );
}

// Then parse the line "val1/val2"
String str = new String( inbuf );
int idxSlash = str.indexOf('/')
String val1 = str.substring(0, idxSlash);
String val2 = str.subString(idxSlash+1);

// At the end close the input stream
try
{
    in.close();
}
catch( IOException e )
{
    System.err.println( "Can't close input stream." );
}

===================================
I hope I understand your Perl example right. So you see it isn't that complex, only some more code.

If another expert knows a better alternative I like to hear it.
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by:ism
ID: 1233965
That'll do for me :)

Sorry about the delay to grade your answer...took a bit of a holiday last week.

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