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How to encode URL content in Java?


URLEncoder is a utility class for HTML form encoding. This class contains static methods for converting a String to the application/x-www-form-urlencoded MIME format. Below example shows how to encode URL content in java. This class is very useful to encode query string values.

package com.myjava.url;


public class MyUrlEncode {

    public static void main(String a[]){
        try {
            System.out.println(URLEncoder.encode("String with spaces", "UTF-8"));
            System.out.println(URLEncoder.encode("special chars: &%*", "UTF-8"));
        } catch (UnsupportedEncodingException ex) {

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What is java static import?
By using static imports, we can import the static members from a class rather than the classes from a given package. For example, Thread class has static sleep method, below example gives an idea:

import static java.lang.Thread;
public class MyStaticImportTest {
public static void main(String[] a) {
} catch(Exception ex){

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I'm Nataraja Gootooru, programmer by profession and passionate about technologies. All examples given here are as simple as possible to help beginners. The source code is compiled and tested in my dev environment.

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