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[CLJ-1449] Add starts-with? ends-with? contains? to clojure.string Created: 19/Jun/14  Updated: 05/Sep/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.6
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Bozhidar Batsov Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 6
Labels: string

Attachments: Text File clj-1449-basic-v1.patch     Text File clj-1449-more-v1.patch    
Approval: Triaged

 Description   

Add clojure.string/starts-with? ends-with? and contains?, similar to java.lang.String's startsWith/endsWith/contains. In addition to making these easier to find and use, this provides a place to add a portable ClojureScript variant.



 Comments   
Comment by Alex Miller [ 19/Jun/14 12:53 PM ]

Re substring, there is a clojure.core/subs for this (predates the string ns I believe).

clojure.core/subs
([s start] [s start end])
Returns the substring of s beginning at start inclusive, and ending
at end (defaults to length of string), exclusive.

Comment by Jozef Wagner [ 20/Jun/14 3:21 AM ]

As strings are collection of characters, you can use Clojure's sequence facilities to achieve such functionality:

user=> (= (first "asdf") \a)
true
user=> (= (last "asdf") \a)
false
Comment by Alex Miller [ 20/Jun/14 8:33 AM ]

Jozef, String.startsWith() checks for a prefix string, not just a prefix char.

Comment by Bozhidar Batsov [ 20/Jun/14 9:42 AM ]

Re substring, I know about subs, but it seems very odd that it's not in the string ns. After all most people will likely look for string-related functionality in clojure.string. I think it'd be best if `subs` was added to clojure.string and clojure.core/subs was deprecated.

Comment by Pierre Masci [ 01/Aug/14 5:27 AM ]

Hi, I was thinking the same about starts-with and .ends-with, as well as (.indexOf s "c") and (.lastIndexOf "c").

I read the whole Java String API recently, and these 4 functions seem to be the only ones that don't have an equivalent in Clojure.
It would be nice to have them.

Andy Fingerhut who maintains the Clojure Cheatsheet told me: "I maintain the cheatsheet, and I put .indexOf and .lastIndexOf on there since they are probably the most common thing I saw asked about that is in the Java API but not the Clojure API, for strings."
Which shows that there is a demand.

Because Clojure is being hosted on several platforms, and might be hosted on more in the future, I think these functions should be part of the de-facto ecosystem.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 30/Aug/14 3:39 PM ]

Updating summary line and description to add contains? as well. I can back this off if it changes your mind about triaging it, Alex.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 30/Aug/14 3:40 PM ]

Patch clj-1449-basic-v1.patch dated Aug 30 2014 adds starts-with? ends-with? contains? functions to clojure.string.

Patch clj-1449-more-v1.patch is the same, except it also replaces several Java method calls with calls to these Clojure functions.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 05/Sep/14 1:02 PM ]

Patch clj-1449-basic-v1.patch dated Sep 5 2014 is identical to the patch I added recently called clj-1149-basic-v1.patch. It is simply renamed without the typo'd ticket number in the file name.

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