Java string capitalize testing

Posted on 2009-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Im inputting  a users name as 2 strings first name last name  and I want to test if the first letter of their first name and last name  is capitalize and only the first letter if not it needs to print an error message for the user to correct the problem.
Question by:humberss
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Expert Comment

ID: 24343119
You can use the split() method to break up first and last name

String[] names = input.split(" ");

you can use the Character class and the String charAt() method to check

char c first = names[0].charAt(0);
if (Character.isLowerCase(first))
   // first character is lower case

do the same for the 2nd name


Expert Comment

ID: 24343231
It sounds to me like you are storing their first and last name seperately, so it would be more like this:

if( Character.isLowerCase(firstName.charAt(0)) )
       //Print error
      if( Character.isLowerCase( lastName.charAt(0) )
             //print error

Expert Comment

ID: 24343298
Some names have caps that aren't the first letter, but if you want to force it you could do the first bit of code.

If you just want to check use a Pattern and Match
        firstName = firstName.substring(0,1).toUpperCase() + firstName.substring(1).toLowerCase();

        Matcher m = Pattern.compile("^[A-Z]+[a-z]*$").matcher(firstName);









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Accepted Solution

mohgupta earned 500 total points
ID: 24382718
you can also try this
String firstname ="Abc";

String lastname = "Xyz";

char ch= firstname.charAt(0);

if(! Character.isUpperCase(ch)){

System.out.println("Please enter first letter of firstname in uppercase");



if(! Character.isUpperCase(ch)){

System.out.println("Please enter first letter of lastname in uppercase");


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