Conversion of Command-line Arguments

18 January 2012 By Nithya Vasudevan 1,005 views No Comment
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  • Command line arguments are stored as String in the args array. If your application needs a numeric value then it must be converted to the required type.
  • Here’s the code that converts a command-line argument to an integer,
public class Conversion {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		int number = 0;
		if (args.length > 0){
			number = Integer.parseInt(args[0]);
		System.out.println(number + 4);

Test Case 1:
Input: 1951
Output: 1955

Test Case 2:
Input: abc
Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NumberFormatException: For input string: “abc”
at java.lang.NumberFormatException.forInputString(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Unknown Source)
at Conversion.main(

The parseInt() method in the Integer class throws a NumberFormatException if the String is not in proper format i.e.) not a number.

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