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OSGL (Part 4): The Art of IO Operations

As we continue this series on OSGL, see how you can make use of its IO library to help making coding simple, though with a caveat for exceptions.

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In the previous OSGL art of coding articles, we have talked about:

In this article, we will introduce how to use the IO utility to handle Input/Output operations.

Again let's show the code.

First, we will prepare some variables and content:

public static class Base extends TestBase {

    protected static String content;
    protected static C.List<String> lines;
    protected static int lineNumber;

    public void prepareContent() {
        lineNumber = 5 + N.randInt(10);
        lines = C.newList();
        for (int i = 0; i < lineNumber; ++i) {
        content = S.join(lines).by("\n").get();

The following testing code reviews the use of Fluent coding API of the IO utility:

public static class FluentIOTest extends Base {
    public void testReadStringIntoLines() {
        eq(lines, IO.read(content).toLines());

    public void testWriteStringIntoOutputStream() {
        ByteArrayOutputStream baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
        eq(content, new String(baos.toByteArray()));

    public void testWriteByteArrayIntoOutputStream() {
        byte[] ba = {1, 2, 3};
        ByteArrayOutputStream baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
        eq(ba, baos.toByteArray());

    public void testWriteByteArrayIntoFile() throws IOException  {
        File file = File.createTempFile("osgl", ".tmp");
        byte[] ba = {1, 2, 3};
        byte[] ba0 = IO.read(file).toByteArray();
        eq(ba, ba0);

Note: One major thing about the IO utility is it eclipses the checked IOException with the unchecked UnexpectedIOException in all methods. So there is no need to add throws IOException to your method that use OSGL IO to deal with IO operations.

More About Checked vs. Unchecked Exceptions

There are two groups of Java developers: one argues for checked exceptions while the other side argues against them. I am in the second group, and I prefer to eliminate checked exceptions and make APIs more programmer friendly. For people who do not accept this, then the OSGL IO library might not be your tool. For more information about checked exceptions vs. unchecked exceptions, this might be a good reference.

Below is the demonstration of other IO utility methods:

Flushable f;

Closable c;

InputStream is;
is = IO.inputStream(); // an empty inputstream
is = IO.inputStream("ABC"); // an input stream of string "ABC"
is = IO.inputStream(newbyte[]{1, 2, 3}); 
is = IO.inputStream(new File("/etc/bash.bashrc"));
is = IO.inputStream(MyClass.getResource("/app.properties"));

Reader r;
r = IO.reader(); // an empty reader
r = IO.reader("ABC");
r = IO.reader("ABC".getBytes()):
r = IO.reader(new File("/etc/bash.bashrc"));
r = IO.reader(MyClas.getResource("/app.properties"));

File tmpDir = new File("/tmp");
File tmpFoo = IO.child(tmpDir, "foo.txt"); // /tmp/foo.txt
File tmpDir2 = IO.parent(tmpFoo);
List<File> files = IO.children(tmpDir);

String s0 = IO.checksum(new File("/etc/bash.bashrc"));
String s1 = IO.checksum(IO.inputStream(new File("/etc/bash.bashrc"));

BufferedInputStream is0 = IO.buffered(myOtherInputStream);
BufferedOutputStream os0 = IO.buffered(myOtherOutputStream);
BufferedReader r0 = IO.buffered(myOtherReader);
BufferedWriter w0 = IO.buffered(myOtherWriter);

File tmpZip = IO.zip(f0, f1, ...);
File givenZipFile = ...
IO.zipInto(givenZipFile, f0, f1, ...);


We have demonstrated the following two aspects of the OSGL IO library:

  1. The Fluent API design makes the IO operation coding much more expressive.
  2. The checked IOExcpetion has been wrapped with non-checked UnexpectedIOException make IO coding simple and concise.

To use the OSGL library, add the following dependencies to your pom.xml file:


At the moment the osgl-tool.version is 1.10.0.

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