Converts a given string into a color. : Color « 2D Graphics GUI « Java

Converts a given string into a color.

import java.awt.Color;
import java.lang.reflect.Field;

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public class Main {
   * Converts a given string into a color.
   * @param value
   *          the string, either a name or a hex-string.
   * @return the color.
  public static Color stringToColor(final String value) {
    if (value == null) {
    try {
      // get color by hex or octal value
      return Color.decode(value);
    } catch (NumberFormatException nfe) {
      // if we can't decode lets try to get it by name
      try {
        // try to get a color by name using reflection
        final Field f = Color.class.getField(value);

        return (Color) f.get(null);
      } catch (Exception ce) {
        // if we can't get any color return black



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