Guide to Send Emails in Java

Java has been ranking as one of the most popular web programming languages for many years. In this tutorial on sending emails in Java, which was originally published on the Mailtrap blog, we will demonstrate how to build HTML emails with images and attachments and send them using an SMTP server.

The main option is to use a Java API for sending and receiving emails via SMTP, POP3, and IMAP. It is implemented as an optional package compatible with any operating system. At the same time, Jakarta Mail is supplied as a part of Jakarta EE and Java EE platforms. In the earlier releases, the mail package was titled “JavaMail API”. However, since July 2019, the Java software has been further developed by the Eclipse Foundation. This is why the email package also got the new name. All main classes and properties are the same for both JavaMail and Jakarta Mail.

In this article, we will describe the main email package properties and will show how to send different types of messages.

Getting Started with Jakarta Mail (JavaMail)

To start working with Jakarta Mail, first of all, you should insert jakarta.mail.jar file into your CLASSPATH environment. You can download it from the (Jakarta Mail project page on GitHub)[https://javaee.github.io/javamail/].

Besides, you can find Jakarta Mail jar files in the Maven repository and add them to your environment with Maven dependencies:

<dependencies>
    <dependency>
        <groupId>com.sun.mail</groupId>
        <artifactId>jakarta.mail</artifactId>
        <version>1.6.4</version>
    </dependency>
</dependencies>

Please note that if you use JDK 1.5 or older versions, you will also need an implementation of the JavaBeans Activation Framework.

import java.util.*;  
import javax.mail.*;  
import javax.mail.internet.*;  
import javax.activation.*;

Let’s focus on the main steps for preparing HTML email and sending it via an external SMTP server.

Jakarta Mail Classes and Syntax

Before we move to code, let’s review core classes and properties, which are most frequently used for building and sending messages with Jakarta Mail.

Session Class (javax.mail.Session) is the primary one connecting all the properties and defaults. The following methods are used to get the session object:

  • getDefaultInstance() returns the default session

  • public static Session getDefaultInstance/(Properties props)

  • public static Session getDefaultInstance(Properties props, Authenticator auth)

  • getInstance() returns the new session.

  • public static Session getInstance(Properties props)

  • public static Session getInstance(Properties props, Authenticator auth)

Message class (javax.mail.Message) is an abstract class for actually building an email message. We will mostly use its Mime Message (javax.mail.internet.MimeMessage) subclass and its main methods:

  • setFrom(Address[] addresses) sets the “From” header field.

  • public void addFrom(Address[] addresses)

  • addRecipients(Message.RecipientType type, String addresses) adds the given address to the recipient type.

  • public void addRecipient(Message.RecipientType type, Address[] addresses)

  • Message.RecipientType.TO “To”

  • Message.RecipientType.CC “Cc”

  • Message.RecipientType.BCC “Bcc”

  • MimeMessage.RecipientType.NEWSGROUPS “Newsgroups”

  • setSubject(String subject) sets the subject header field.

  • public void setSubject(String subject)

  • setText(String textmessage) sets the text as the message content using text/plain MIME type.

  • public void setText(String textmessage)

  • setContent(Object o, String type) sets this message’s content.

  • public void setContent(Object o, String type)

To send emails via an external SMTP server, use com.sun.mail.smtp package: it is an SMTP protocol provider for the JavaMail API that provides access to an SMTP server.

The main properties are:

  • mail.smtp.user, default username for SMTP.

  • mail.smtp.host, the SMTP server to connect to.

  • mail.smtp.port, the SMTP server port to connect to, if the connect() method doesn’t explicitly specify one. Defaults to 25.

To enable SMTP authentication, set the mail.smtp.auth property or provide the SMTP Transport with a username and password when connecting to the SMTP server.

We will show how to implement it later, when demonstrating code examples.

SMTPMessage class is a specialization of the MimeMessage class for specifying SMTP options and parameters. Simply use this class instead of MimeMessage and set SMTP options using the methods on this class.

  • public SMTPMessage(Session session)

  • Transport ( javax.mail.Transport) is an abstract class for sending messages.

  • Transport.send(message)

To view all classes and their methods, see this section of the Jakarta Mail documentation.

Sending Emails in Java via SMTP

Let’s now review how to implement classes and methods described above and write some Java code to send an email via an external SMTP server.

First of all, we need to define who sends what to who. So, use the SendEmail public class and set “from” and “to” email addresses and add the subject. With javax.mail.PasswordAuthentication class we will be able to require password authentication to send a message via SMTP server.

In the properties method, we will add the necessary SMTP settings and then create a mail Session object. Afterward, you can create a Message using the MimeMessage.

Finally, send your message with the Transport object.

Don’t forget to add Exceptions. This class enables you to get details on possible errors along with an understanding of how to debug them. The main one is MessagingException. It can be used within javax.mail, javax.mail.internet, and javax.mail.search packages. For example, AddressException for javax.mail.internet will be thrown if you offered a wrongly formatted address.

We will return to debugging a bit later in this post.

How to test emails in Java?

For testing email sending from Java, we will use Mailtrap, an online tool, which helps test, review, and analyze emails sent from dev, QA, or staging environments, without the risk of spamming your customers or colleagues. Once you have tested and verified that everything works properly, change settings for the server you use in production.

Input:

package com.example.smtp;

import javax.mail.*;
import javax.mail.internet.InternetAddress;
import javax.mail.internet.MimeMessage;
import java.util.Properties;

public class SendEmail {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Put recipient’s address
        String to = "test@example.com";

        // Put sender’s address
        String from = "from@example.com";
        final String username = "1a2b3c4d5e6f7g";//username generated by Mailtrap
        final String password = "1a2b3c4d5e6f7g";//password generated by Mailtrap

        // Paste host address from the SMTP settings tab in your Mailtrap Inbox
        String host = "smtp.mailtrap.io";

        Properties props = new Properties();
        props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
        props.put("mail.smtp.starttls.enable", "true");//it’s optional in Mailtrap
        props.put("mail.smtp.host", host);
        props.put("mail.smtp.port", "2525");// use one of the options in the SMTP settings tab in your Mailtrap Inbox

        // Get the Session object.
        Session session = Session.getInstance(props,
            new javax.mail.Authenticator() {
                protected PasswordAuthentication getPasswordAuthentication() {
                    return new PasswordAuthentication(username, password);
                }
            });

        try {
            // Create a default MimeMessage object.
            Message message = new MimeMessage(session);

            // Set From: header field
            message.setFrom(new InternetAddress(from));

            // Set To: header field
            message.setRecipients(Message.RecipientType.TO,
                InternetAddress.parse(to));

            // Set Subject: header field
            message.setSubject("My first message with JavaMail");

            // Put the content of your message
            message.setText("Hi there, this is my first message sent with JavaMail");

            // Send message
            Transport.send(message);

            System.out.println("Sent message successfully....");

        } catch (MessagingException e) {
            throw new RuntimeException(e);
        }
    }
}

Output:

Sending HTML Email

To send an HTML email, you should perform the same steps as for sending a simple text message, with only SendHTMLEmail class instead of just SendEmail. Also, you need to set content to the MimeMessage.setContent(Object, String) and indicate text/html type.

Input:

package com.example.smtp;

import javax.mail.*;
import javax.mail.internet.InternetAddress;
import javax.mail.internet.MimeMessage;
import java.util.Properties;

public class SendHTMLEmail {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String to = "johndoe@gmail.com";

        String from = "yourmail@example.com";
        final String username = "1a2b3c4d5e6f7g";//generated by Mailtrap
        final String password = "1a2b3c4d5e6f7g";//generated by Mailtrap

        String host = "smtp.mailtrap.io";

        Properties props = new Properties();
        props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
        props.put("mail.smtp.starttls.enable", "true");
        props.put("mail.smtp.host", host);
        props.put("mail.smtp.port", "2525");

        // Get the Session object.
        Session session = Session.getInstance(props,
            new javax.mail.Authenticator() {
                protected PasswordAuthentication getPasswordAuthentication() {
                    return new PasswordAuthentication(username, password);
                }
            });

        try {
            // Create a default MimeMessage object.
            Message message = new MimeMessage(session);

            message.setFrom(new InternetAddress(from));

            message.setRecipients(Message.RecipientType.TO,
                InternetAddress.parse(to));

            message.setSubject("My HTML message");

            // Put your HTML content using HTML markup
            message.setContent(
                "<div><span style=\"color:#57aaca;\">c</span><span style=\"color:#57aec5;\">o</span><span style=\"color:#57b2c0;\">l</span><span style=\"color:#57b6ba;\">o</span><span style=\"color:#57bbb5;\">r</span><span style=\"color:#56bfb0;\">f</span><span style=\"color:#56c3ab;\">u</span><span style=\"color:#56c7a5;\">l</span><span style=\"color:#56cba0;\"> </span><span style=\"color:#5ec3ab;\">m</span><span style=\"color:#65bbb6;\">e</span><span style=\"color:#6db3c1;\">s</span><span style=\"color:#75accd;\">s</span><span style=\"color:#7da4d8;\">a</span><span style=\"color:#849ce3;\">g</span><span style=\"color:#8c94ee;\">e</span></div>", "text/html");

            // Send message
            Transport.send(message);

            System.out.println("Sent message successfully....");

        } catch (MessagingException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
            throw new RuntimeException(e);
        }
    }
}

Output:

In Mailtrap, you can also check the raw data of your message as well as its HTML source on separate tabs.

If you would like your message to contain both HTML and plain text, you need to build it using a MimeMultipart(“alternative”) object. You should create two different parts manually and insert them separately: text/plain body part as the first part in the multipart the text/html body part as the second one.

HTML Email with Images in Java

To add an image to your HTML email in Jakarta Mail, you can choose any of three regular options: CID, base64 image, or linked image.

To embed a CID image, you need to create a MIME multipart/related message:

Multipart multipart = new MimeMultipart("related");

MimeBodyPart htmlPart = new MimeBodyPart();
//add reference to your image to the HTML body <img src="cid:some-image-cid" alt="img" />
htmlPart.setText(messageBody, "utf-8", "html");
multipart.addBodyPart(htmlPart);

MimeBodyPart imgPart = new MimeBodyPart();
// imageFile is the file containing the image
imgPart.attachFile(imageFile);
// or, if the image is in a byte array in memory, use
// imgPart.setDataHandler(new DataHandler(
// new ByteArrayDataSource(bytes, "image/whatever")));

imgPart.setContentID("<some-image-cid>");
multipart.addBodyPart(imgPart);

message.setContent(multipart);

For a base64, or inlined image, include the encoded image data in the HTML body:

<img src="data:image/jpeg;base64,base64-encoded-data-here" />

But remember that each Base64 digit represents 6 bits of data, so your actual image code will be pretty long. Besides, it affects the overall size of the HTML message, so it’s better not to inline large images.

The simplest way to add an image is just linking to the image hosted on some external server. Refer to your image as a link in the HTML body with an “img” tag:

<img src="https://blog.mailtrap.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/blog-illustration-email-embedding-images.png" alt="img" />

Sending an Email with Attachments

To attach any type of files to your message, you need to build a MIME multipart message and indicate the attachFile method in the MimeBodyPart.

public void attachFile(File file, Multipart multipart, MimeBodyPart messageBodyPart) { 
    DataSource source = new FileDataSource(file);

    messageBodyPart.setDataHandler(new DataHandler(source));
    messageBodyPart.setFileName(file.getName());

    multipart.addBodyPart(messageBodyPart); 
}

Debug Jakarta Mail

Debugging plays a critical role in testing of email sending. In Jakarta Mail it’s pretty straightforward. Set debug to true in the properties of your email code:

props.put("mail.debug", "true");

As a result, you will get a step by step description of how your code is executed. If any problem with sending your message appears, you will instantly understand what happened and at which stage.

Here is how our HTML message debug output looks:

DEBUG: Jakarta Mail version 1.6.4
DEBUG: successfully loaded resource: /META-INF/javamail.default.address.map
DEBUG: getProvider() returning javax.mail.Provider[TRANSPORT,smtp,com.sun.mail.smtp.SMTPTransport,Oracle]
DEBUG SMTP: need username and password for authentication
DEBUG SMTP: protocolConnect returning false, host=smtp.mailtrap.io, user=diana, password=<null>
DEBUG SMTP: useEhlo true, useAuth true
DEBUG SMTP: trying to connect to host "smtp.mailtrap.io", port 2525, isSSL false
220 mailtrap.io ESMTP ready
DEBUG SMTP: connected to host "smtp.mailtrap.io", port: 2525
EHLO DESKTOP-NLP1GG8
250-mailtrap.io
250-SIZE 5242880
250-PIPELINING
250-ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES
250-8BITMIME
250-DSN
250-AUTH PLAIN LOGIN CRAM-MD5
250 STARTTLS
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "SIZE", arg "5242880"
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "PIPELINING", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "8BITMIME", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "DSN", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "AUTH", arg "PLAIN LOGIN CRAM-MD5"
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "STARTTLS", arg ""
STARTTLS
220 2.0.0 Start TLS
EHLO DESKTOP-NLP1GG8
250-mailtrap.io
250-SIZE 5242880
250-PIPELINING
250-ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES
250-8BITMIME
250-DSN
250 AUTH PLAIN LOGIN CRAM-MD5
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "SIZE", arg "5242880"
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "PIPELINING", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "8BITMIME", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "DSN", arg ""
DEBUG SMTP: Found extension "AUTH", arg "PLAIN LOGIN CRAM-MD5"
DEBUG SMTP: protocolConnect login, host=smtp.mailtrap.io, user=1e2b3c4d5e6f7g, password=<non-null>
DEBUG SMTP: Attempt to authenticate using mechanisms: LOGIN PLAIN DIGEST-MD5 NTLM XOAUTH2 
DEBUG SMTP: Using mechanism LOGIN
DEBUG SMTP: AUTH LOGIN command trace suppressed
DEBUG SMTP: AUTH LOGIN succeeded
DEBUG SMTP: use8bit false
MAIL FROM:<yourmail@example.com>
250 2.1.0 Ok
RCPT TO:<johndoe@gmail.com>
250 2.1.0 Ok
DEBUG SMTP: Verified Addresses
DEBUG SMTP:   johndoe@gmail.com
DATA
354 Go ahead
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:19:31 +0200 (EET)
From: yourmail@example.com
To: johndoe@gmail.com
Message-ID: <20132171.0.1548256771226@DESKTOP-NLP1GG8>
Subject: My HTML message
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

<div><span style="color:#57aaca;">c</span><span style="color:#57aec5;">o</span><span style="color:#57b2c0;">l</span><span style="color:#57b6ba;">o</span><span style="color:#57bbb5;">r</span><span style="color:#56bfb0;">f</span><span style="color:#56c3ab;">u</span><span style="color:#56c7a5;">l</span><span style="color:#56cba0;"> </span><span style="color:#5ec3ab;">m</span><span style="color:#65bbb6;">e</span><span style="color:#6db3c1;">s</span><span style="color:#75accd;">s</span><span style="color:#7da4d8;">a</span><span style="color:#849ce3;">g</span><span style="color:#8c94ee;">e</span></div>
.
250 2.0.0 Ok: queued
DEBUG SMTP: message successfully delivered to mail server
QUIT
221 2.0.0 Bye
Sent message successfully....

Need More Options?

In this post, we have guided you through the main Jakarta Mail use cases and options. Should you experience any difficulties with installing, implementing, or using this package, refer to the Jakarta Mail FAQ.

Indeed, constructing transactional emails to send from your Java app with Jakarta Mail API takes time. Alternatively, you can consider options for simplified email sending in Java. For example, the Spring Framework or Apache Common Emails are quite popular, while the Play Framework offers a plugin for sending emails. Simple Java Mail is one of the simplest libraries ever – in fact, it is a wrapper around JavaMail API.

How do I set the time of java.util.Date instance to 00:00:00?

The following code snippet shows you how to remove time information from the java.util.Date object. The static method removeTime() in the code snippet below will take a Date object as parameter and will return a new Date object where the hour, minute, second and millisecond information have been reset to zero. To do this we use the java.util.Calendar. To remove time information we setting the calendar fields of Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, Calendar.MINUTE, Calendar.SECOND and Calendar.MILLISECOND to zero.

package org.kodejava.example.basic;

import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.Date;

public class DateRemoveTime {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println("Now = " + removeTime(new Date()));
    }

    private static Date removeTime(Date date) {
        Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();
        calendar.setTime(date);
        calendar.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, 0);
        calendar.set(Calendar.MINUTE, 0);
        calendar.set(Calendar.SECOND, 0);
        calendar.set(Calendar.MILLISECOND, 0);
        return calendar.getTime();
    }
}

The result of the code snippet above is:

Now = Thu Oct 24 00:00:00 WITA 2019

Why do I get ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException in Java?

The ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException exception is thrown to indicate that an array has been accessed with an illegal index. The index is either negative or greater than or equal to the size of the array.

Array with 10 elements

For example see the code snippet below:

String[] vowels = new String[]{"a", "i", "u", "e", "o"}
String vowel = vowels[10]; // throws the ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException

Above we create a vowels array with five elements. This will make the array have indexes between 0..4. On the next line we tried to access the tenth element of the array which is illegal. This statement will cause the ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException thrown.

We must understand that arrays in Java are zero indexed. The first element of the array will be at index 0 and the last element will be at index array-size - 1. So be careful with your array indexes when accessing array elements. For example if you have an array with 5 elements this mean that the index of the array is from 0 to 4.

If you are trying to iterate an array using for loop. Make sure the index start from 0 and execute the loop while the index is less than the length of the array, you can get the length of the array using the array length property. Let’s see the code snippet below:

for (int i = 0; i < vowels.length; i++) {
    String vowel = vowels[i];
    System.out.println("vowel = " + vowel);
}

Or if you don’t need the index you can simplify your code using the for-each or enhanced for-loop statement instead of the classic for loop statement as shown below:

for (String vowel : vowels) {
    System.out.println("vowel = " + vowel);
}

How to convert java.time.LocalDate to java.util.Date?

The following code snippet demonstrate how to convert java.time.LocalDate to java.util.Date and vice versa. In the first part of the code snippet we convert LocalDate to Date and back to LocalDate object. On the second part we convert LocalDateTime to Date and back to LocalDateTime object.

package org.kodejava.example.datetime;

import java.time.*;
import java.util.Date;

public class LocalDateToDate {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Convert java.time.LocalDate to java.util.Date and back to
        // java.time.LocalDate
        LocalDate localDate = LocalDate.now();
        System.out.println("LocalDate = " + localDate);

        Date date1 = Date.from(localDate.atStartOfDay(ZoneId.systemDefault()).toInstant());
        System.out.println("Date      = " + date1);

        localDate = date1.toInstant().atZone(ZoneId.systemDefault()).toLocalDate();
        System.out.println("LocalDate = " + localDate);
        System.out.println();

        // Convert java.time.LocalDateTime to java.util.Date and back to
        // java.time.LocalDateTime
        LocalDateTime localDateTime = LocalDateTime.now();
        System.out.println("LocalDateTime = " + localDateTime);

        Date date2 = Date.from(localDateTime.atZone(ZoneId.systemDefault()).toInstant());
        System.out.println("Date          = " + date2);

        localDateTime = date2.toInstant().atZone(ZoneId.systemDefault()).toLocalDateTime();
        System.out.println("LocalDateTime = " + localDateTime);
    }
}

The result of the code snippet:

LocalDate = 2017-02-14
Date      = Tue Feb 14 00:00:00 WITA 2017
LocalDate = 2017-02-14

LocalDateTime = 2017-02-14T10:34:49.562
Date          = Tue Feb 14 10:34:49 WITA 2017
LocalDateTime = 2017-02-14T10:34:49.562

How do I convert number into Roman Numerals?

You want to convert numbers into their Roman numerals representation and vice versa. The solution here is to tackle the problem as a unary problem where the Roman numerals represented as a single element, the “I” character. We start by representing the number as a repeated sequence of the “I” characters. And then replace the characters according to next bigger symbol in roman numeral.

To convert from the Roman numerals to numbers we reverse the process. By the end of the process we will get a sequence of repeated “I” characters. The length of the final string returned by this process is the result of the roman numerals conversion to number.

In the code snippet below we create two methods. The toRoman(int number) method for converting number to roman numerals and the toNumber(String roman) method for converting from roman numerals to number. Both of this method utilize the String.replace() method for calculating the conversion result.

Let’s see the code in action.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class RomanNumber {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        for (int n = 1; n <= 4999; n++) {
            String roman = RomanNumber.toRoman(n);
            int number = RomanNumber.toNumber(roman);

            System.out.println(number + " = " + roman);
        }
    }

    private static String toRoman(int number) {
        return String.valueOf(new char[number]).replace('\0', 'I')
                .replace("IIIII", "V")
                .replace("IIII", "IV")
                .replace("VV", "X")
                .replace("VIV", "IX")
                .replace("XXXXX", "L")
                .replace("XXXX", "XL")
                .replace("LL", "C")
                .replace("LXL", "XC")
                .replace("CCCCC", "D")
                .replace("CCCC", "CD")
                .replace("DD", "M")
                .replace("DCD", "CM");
    }

    private static Integer toNumber(String roman) {
        return roman.replace("CM", "DCD")
                .replace("M", "DD")
                .replace("CD", "CCCC")
                .replace("D", "CCCCC")
                .replace("XC", "LXL")
                .replace("C", "LL")
                .replace("XL", "XXXX")
                .replace("L", "XXXXX")
                .replace("IX", "VIV")
                .replace("X", "VV")
                .replace("IV", "IIII")
                .replace("V", "IIIII").length();
    }
}

The 10 randoms result of the conversion listed below:

18 = XVIII
208 = CCVIII
843 = DCCCXLIII
1995 = MCMXCV
2000 = MM
2017 = MMXVII
2562 = MMDLXII
3276 = MMMCCLXXVI
4067 = MMMMLXVII
4994 = MMMMCMXCIV

How do I align string print out in left, right, center alignment?

The following code snippet will teach you how to align string in left, right or center alignment when you want to print out string to a console. We will print the string using the printf(String format, Object... args) method. The format specifier / parameter defines how the string will be formatted for output and the args is the value that will be formatted.

The format parameter / specifier include flags, width, precision and conversion-characters in the order shown below. The square brackets in the notation means the part is an optional parameter.

% [flags] [width] [.precision] conversion-character
Flags Description
- left-align the output, when not specified the default is to right-align
+ print (+) or (-) sign for numeric value
0 zero padded a numeric value
, comma grouping separator for number greater that 1000
space will output a (-) symbol for negative value and a space if positive
Conversion Description
s string, use capital S to uppercase the strings
c character, use capital C to uppercase the characters
d integer: byte, short, integer, long
f floating point number: float, double
n new line

Width: Defines the field width for printing out the value of argument. It also represents the minimum number of characters to
be printed out to the output.

Precision: For floating-point conversion the precision define the number of digits of precision in a floating point value. For string value this will extract the substring.

To center the string for output we use the StringUtils.center() method from the Apache Commons Lang library. This method will center-align the string str in a larger string of size using the default space character (‘ ‘). You can supply the third parameter to define your own space character / string.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

import org.apache.commons.lang3.StringUtils;

import java.time.LocalDate;
import java.time.Month;
import java.time.temporal.ChronoUnit;

public class StringAlignment {
    private static Object[][] people = {
        {"Alice", LocalDate.of(2000, Month.JANUARY, 1)},
        {"Bob", LocalDate.of(1989, Month.DECEMBER, 15)},
        {"Carol", LocalDate.of(1992, Month.JULY, 24)},
        {"Ted", LocalDate.of(2006, Month.MARCH, 13)},
    };

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String nameFormat = "| %1$-20s | ";
        String dateFormat = " %2$tb %2$td, %2$tY  | ";
        String ageFormat = " %3$3s |%n";
        String format = nameFormat.concat(dateFormat).concat(ageFormat);
        String line = new String(new char[48]).replace('\0', '-');

        System.out.println(line);
        System.out.printf("|%s|%s|%s|%n",
            StringUtils.center("Name", 22),
            StringUtils.center("Birth Date", 16),
            StringUtils.center("Age", 6));
        System.out.println(line);

        for (Object[] data : people) {
            System.out.printf(format,
                data[0], data[1],
                ChronoUnit.YEARS.between((LocalDate) data[1], LocalDate.now()));
        }

        System.out.println(line);
    }
}

Here is the output of our code snippet above:

------------------------------------------------
|         Name         |   Birth Date   | Age  |
------------------------------------------------
| Alice                |  Jan 01, 2000  |   17 |
| Bob                  |  Dec 15, 1989  |   27 |
| Carol                |  Jul 24, 1992  |   24 |
| Ted                  |  Mar 13, 2006  |   10 |
------------------------------------------------

Maven Dependencies

<!-- http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/org/apache/commons/commons-lang3/3.6/commons-lang3-3.6.jar -->
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.apache.commons</groupId>
    <artifactId>commons-lang3</artifactId>
    <version>3.6</version>
</dependency>

How do I generate random string?

package org.kodejava.example.security;

import java.security.SecureRandom;
import java.util.Random;

public class RandomString {
    public static final String SOURCES =
            "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890";

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        RandomString rs = new RandomString();
        System.out.println(rs.generateString(new Random(), SOURCES, 10));
        System.out.println(rs.generateString(new Random(), SOURCES, 10));
        System.out.println(rs.generateString(new SecureRandom(), SOURCES, 15));
        System.out.println(rs.generateString(new SecureRandom(), SOURCES, 15));
    }

    /**
     * Generate a random string.
     *
     * @param random the random number generator.
     * @param characters the characters for generating string.
     * @param length the length of the generated string.
     * @return
     */
    public String generateString(Random random, String characters, int length) {
        char[] text = new char[length];
        for (int i = 0; i < length; i++) {
            text[i] = characters.charAt(random.nextInt(characters.length()));
        }
        return new String(text);
    }
}

Example string produced by the code snippets are:

uxEUFqTqS0
vr89vdF4gh
ysYF9XEHhO5FtDf
aBANhrLObZ1XLJi

How to check if an object reference is not null?

Usually, if not always, we use the if statement combined with == or != operators to check if an object reference is null or not. We do this to validate arguments passed to constructors or methods doesn’t contain a null value. These null check can be seen as clutter in our code.

The solution is to use the java.util.Objects class. This static utility class provides methods like requireNonNull(T) and requireNonNull(T, String) to check if the specified object reference is not null. If null these method will throw a NullPointerException. Using the second method variant we can customise the exception message.

The example below shows how we use these methods.

package org.kodejava.example.util;

import java.util.Objects;

public class ObjectsNullCheckDemo {
    private String firstName;
    private String lastName;

    /**
     * Validate constructor arguments. The firstName and lastName 
     * arguments can't be null. A NullPointerException with the 
     * specified message will be thrown.
     */
    public ObjectsNullCheckDemo(String firstName, String lastName) {
        this.firstName = Objects.requireNonNull(firstName, 
                "First name can't be null.");
        this.lastName = Objects.requireNonNull(lastName, 
                "Last name can't be null.");
    }

    public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
        // First name can't be null.
        this.firstName = Objects.requireNonNull(firstName,
                "First name can't be null.");
    }

    public void setLastName(String lastName) {
        // Last name can't be null.
        this.lastName = Objects.requireNonNull(lastName,
                "Last name can't be null.");
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // This line is fine.
        ObjectsNullCheckDemo demo = new ObjectsNullCheckDemo("John", "Doe");
        System.out.println("demo = " + demo);

        try {
            // This line produce a NullPointerException
            ObjectsNullCheckDemo demo1 = new ObjectsNullCheckDemo("Alice", null);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }

        String name = null;
        try {
            // The line below will throw java.lang.NullPointerException.
            Objects.requireNonNull(name);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }

    @Override
    public String toString() {
        return "ObjectsNullCheckDemo{" +
                "firstName='" + firstName + '\'' +
                ", lastName='" + lastName + '\'' +
                '}';
    }
}

Running the code above will print the following result:

demo = ObjectsNullCheckDemo{firstName='John', lastName='Doe'}
java.lang.NullPointerException: Last name can't be null.
    at java.util.Objects.requireNonNull(Objects.java:228)
    at org.kodejava.example.util.ObjectsNullCheckDemo.<init>(ObjectsNullCheckDemo.java:14)
    at org.kodejava.example.util.ObjectsNullCheckDemo.main(ObjectsNullCheckDemo.java:34)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:62)
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43)
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:483)
    at com.intellij.rt.execution.application.AppMain.main(AppMain.java:144)
java.lang.NullPointerException
    at java.util.Objects.requireNonNull(Objects.java:203)
    at org.kodejava.example.util.ObjectsNullCheckDemo.main(ObjectsNullCheckDemo.java:42)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:62)
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43)
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:483)
    at com.intellij.rt.execution.application.AppMain.main(AppMain.java:144)

How do I create a custom TemporalAdjuster?

In this example we are going to learn how to implement a custom TemporalAdjuster. We are going to create TemporalAdjuster to find the next working day from a specified date. We will use 5 working days, from Monday to Friday.

The custom temporal adjuster class should implement the TemporalAdjuster interface, which define a single method that we must implement, the adjustInto(Temporal) method.

package org.kodejava.example.datetime;

import java.time.DayOfWeek;
import java.time.temporal.ChronoField;
import java.time.temporal.ChronoUnit;
import java.time.temporal.Temporal;
import java.time.temporal.TemporalAdjuster;

public class NextWorkingDayAdjuster implements TemporalAdjuster {
    @Override
    public Temporal adjustInto(Temporal temporal) {
        int field = temporal.get(ChronoField.DAY_OF_WEEK);
        DayOfWeek dayOfWeek = DayOfWeek.of(field);

        int daysToAdd = 1;
        if (DayOfWeek.FRIDAY.equals(dayOfWeek)) {
            daysToAdd = 3;
        } else if (DayOfWeek.SATURDAY.equals(dayOfWeek)) {
            daysToAdd = 2;
        }
        return temporal.plus(daysToAdd, ChronoUnit.DAYS);
    }
}

The NextWorkingDayAdjuster move the temporal object a day forward. Except if it is on Friday or Saturday, which will move the temporal object three days or two days forward respectively. This will make it return Monday as the next working day.

After creating the custom adjuster, now let’s create an example that use the NextWorkingDayAdjuster class.

package org.kodejava.example.datetime;

import java.time.LocalDate;
import java.time.Month;
import java.time.temporal.TemporalAdjuster;

public class NextWorkingDayAdjusterDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        TemporalAdjuster nextWorkingDay = new NextWorkingDayAdjuster();

        LocalDate now = LocalDate.now();
        LocalDate nextDay = now.with(nextWorkingDay);
        System.out.println("now            = " + now);
        System.out.println("nextWorkingDay = " + nextDay);

        LocalDate friday = LocalDate.of(2016, Month.MARCH, 11);
        nextDay = friday.with(nextWorkingDay);
        System.out.println("friday         = " + friday);
        System.out.println("nextWorkingDay = " + nextDay);

        LocalDate saturday = LocalDate.of(2016, Month.MARCH, 12);
        nextDay = saturday.with(nextWorkingDay);
        System.out.println("saturday       = " + saturday);
        System.out.println("nextWorkingDay = " + nextDay);
    }
}

And here are the results of our code:

now            = 2016-03-10
nextWorkingDay = 2016-03-11
friday         = 2016-03-11
nextWorkingDay = 2016-03-14
saturday       = 2016-03-12
nextWorkingDay = 2016-03-14

Using format flags to format negative number in parentheses

In this example we are going to learn to use a java.util.Formatter to format negative number in parentheses. The Formatter can use a format flags to format a value. To display a negative number in parentheses we can user the ( flag. This flag display negative number inside parentheses instead of using the - symbol.

The following code snippet below will show you how to do it. We start the example by using the Formatter object and simplified using the format() method of the String class.

package org.kodejava.example.util;

import java.util.Formatter;
import java.util.Locale;

public class FormatNegativeNumber {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Creates an instance of Formatter, format the number using the
        // format and print out the result.
        Formatter formatter = new Formatter();
        formatter.format("%(,.2f", -199.99f);
        System.out.println("number1 = " + formatter);

        // Use String.format() method instead of creating an instance of
        // Formatter. Format a negative number using Germany locale.
        String number2 = String.format(Locale.GERMANY, "%(,8.2f", -49.99);
        System.out.println("number2 = " + number2);

        // Format number using Indonesian locale. The thousand separator is "."
        // in Indonesian number.
        String number3 = String.format(new Locale("id", "ID"), "%(,d", -10000);
        System.out.println("number3 = " + number3);
    }
}

The result of this code snippet:

number1 = (199.99)
number2 =  (49,99)
number3 = (10.000)