padding longs

Posted on 2012-04-05
Last Modified: 2012-04-05
I am doing some math using longs which will yield numbers like 5, 10, 20, etc
but I always need to pad the result to be 3 digits.
What's the best way to do that?
Question by:dpalyca755
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CPColin earned 334 total points
ID: 37814127
Using zeros in a DecimalFormat will work:

new DecimalFormat("000").format(x);

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wdosanjos earned 166 total points
ID: 37814135
Use the DecimalFormat class.  Here is an example:
import java.text.*;

public class Test
    public static void main(String args[])
        DecimalFormat formatter = new DecimalFormat("000");
        long nbr = 50;

        String fmt_nbr = formatter.format(nbr);


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ID: 37814190
Can I use the String Format method to do so?
What is the syntax if do so?
let's say the 5 I referenced earlier is stored in the variable myString.
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CPColin earned 334 total points
ID: 37814211
Assuming you have a long, it would be something like this:

String.format("%03d", myLong);

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The "0" means "pad with zeros," the "3" means "make the output three characters wide," and the "d" means "output a number."

Author Comment

ID: 37814296
I can't compile that for some reason.
I tried that exact line too.
What am I doing wrong?

Code Snippet:
long c = 5;
String pad2 = String.format("%03d", c);        
Error: cannot resolve symbol
symbol  : method format (java.lang.String,long)
location: class java.lang.String
             String pad2 = String.format("%03d", c);
1 error
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Expert Comment

ID: 37814319
I've only seen that happen when using a version of Java older than 1.5 or when I've told the compiler to pretend like its from an old version of Java. Do you know if that's happening?

Author Comment

ID: 37814330
Yup....I was accidentally pointing to an older version.
I fixed it.  Works now.

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