HOW TO DEAL WITH CHECKED EXCEPTION (UNSUPPORTEDENCODINGEXCEPTION) THAT CAN NEVER OCCURS?

Sanjay Sharma

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I am trying transform a string to UTF-8 encoding. But the compilation fails because some code "throws UnsupportedEncodingException".

String s = "1,2,3,4";

String smsext = new String(s.getBytes(),"UTF-8");

how to solve this ?

  1. David Miller

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    Re: How to deal with checked exception (UnsupportedEncodingException) that can never occurs?

    The exception UnsupportedEncodingException is thrown by the String constructor (not by Android Studio !!!). This is a checked exception and so your code must handle it in some way.

    In this particular case : the exception will never be thrown because "UTF-8" is hardcoded and always supported by any JVM (this is a requirement). So you can catch it silently :

    String s = "1,2,3,4";

    String smsext = null;

    try{

        smsext = new String(s.getBytes(),"UTF-8");

    }catch(UnsupportedEncodingException e){

        //can never occurs

    }

    But I don't recommend this over simplistic approach because silently catching an exception is almost always a very bad practice. A more appropriate solution for catched exception that never append is to rethrow the exception encapsulated in a non catched exception :

    String s = "1,2,3,4";

    String smsext = null;

    try{

        smsext = new String(s.getBytes(),"UTF-8");

    }catch(UnsupportedEncodingException e){

        //can never occurs because UTF-8 is always supported

        throw new RuntimeException(e);

    }

    With this code, if one day you change the body of the try-catch block so that UnsupportedEncodingException can possibly occurs : the exception won't be ignored silently. 

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