Why is there no String.Empty in Java?

String.EMPTY is 12 characters, and "" is two, and they would both be referencing exactly the same instance in memory at runtime. I’m not entirely sure why String.EMPTY would save on compile time, in fact I think it would be the latter.

Especially considering Strings are immutable, it’s not like you can first get an empty String, and perform some operations on it – best to use a StringBuilder (or StringBuffer if you want to be thread-safe) and turn that into a String.

From your comment to the question:

What inspired this is actually TextBox.setText("");

I believe it would be totally legitimate to provide a constant in your appropriate class:

private static final String EMPTY_STRING = "";

And then reference it as in your code as


As this way at least you are explicit that you want an empty String, rather than you forgot to fill in the String in your IDE or something similar.

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