is there a simple way to split a string into words in Java?

Posted on 2003-02-23
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Last Modified: 2010-03-31
Is there a simple way to split a String of words in Java?? e.g. "Hello World? How are you?"
into an array of strings with each element in the array representing one word. Such that the above sentence would be:

   answer[0] = "Hello"
   answer[1] = "World?"
   answer[2] = "How"
   answer[3] = "are"
   answer[4] = "you?"

essentially i need a function that takes the string and returns the array.

Thanks alot.

Question by:benwynne
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Accepted Solution

mattpeak earned 300 total points
ID: 8004304
Try this:

String answer[] = new String[5];

StringTokenizer tokens = new StringTokenizer("Hello World? How are you?");

for(int i =0;i<answer.length;i++){
  answer[i] = tokens.nextToken();

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Expert Comment

ID: 8004522
Or if you are using Java 1.4

String question = "Hello World? How are you?";
String[] answer = question.split("\\s+");

Author Comment

ID: 8004593
Thanks alot, i've been working on a program all day and your advice helps alot. Thanks Ben

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