Reading / Writing File in Java and String Manipulation

I wrote this piece of java code because I encountered a situation where I had a list of some strings from some table in database and needed to create an in clause. Since the number of items was huge, it was not possible to manually add quote the string and add a comma.

Here was my requirement.

I had string in the following format:


And I needed the string formatted something like the following so that I could put that in ‘in clause’ in one of the SQL.

‘14685’,  ‘14701’,  ‘14707’,  ‘14720’,  ‘14738’,  ‘14741’,  ‘14743’,  ‘14745’,  ‘14747’,  ‘14748’,
‘14749’,  ‘14750’,  ‘14751’,  ‘14761’,  ‘14764’,  ‘14767’,  ‘14768’,  ‘14771’,  ‘14775’,  ‘14776’

So, to save my time doing the impossible manual change (I had around 2000 of these items), I wrote this simple program. This program features File Read, File Write operation in Java and also shows simple Java String manipulation techniques.

package com.kushal.sql.utilities;
 * @author Kushal Paudyal
 * Created on 10/02/2008
 * Demonstrates the following Java features
 * --Reading a File in Java
 * --Simple String manipulations
 * --Writing to a File in Java

public class FormInStringForSQL {

	public static void main(String args [])
			String inputFileName="C:/items_that_were_marked.txt";
			String outputFileName="C:/myoutputfile.txt";

			BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(inputFileName));
			String line="";
			int count=0;
			String formattedStringForInClause="";

			/**Read the file and do the necessary formatting**/
			while ((line = in.readLine()) != null)
				if(count%10>0) /**Formatting to 10 columns**/
					formattedStringForInClause+=" '"+line+"', ";
					formattedStringForInClause+="n '"+line+"', ";

			/**Removing the trailing final comma (')**/
			if(formattedStringForInClause.endsWith(", "))

			/**Writing the formatted string to file**/
			BufferedWriter out = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(outputFileName));
		catch (Exception e)


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6 Responses to Calculating Folder Size Graphically and Generating Directory Size Chart In Java

  1. nocdib says:

    Thank you for this! It is just what I need

  2. d says:

    would that help you tocreate the file from ubunt server

  3. komal gaikwad says:

    in this code i got problem of array out of bound plz tell me solution.

  4. komal gaikwad says:

    In this code i got error
    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 1
    plz send me proper code….

  5. Neethu says:

    Thank you very much for the solution. This is the one which i was searching.

  6. Manikant says:

    I need to copy to the shared folder which is shared and can be authenticate by using credentials.

    but here the code is giving to write .

    I need copy my folder from my local to shared location

    Please help

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