Convert a hexidecimal string generated by toHexString() back into a byte array. : String Convert « Data Type « Java

Convert a hexidecimal string generated by toHexString() back into a byte array.

import java.util.Enumeration;
import java.util.Locale;
import java.util.Properties;


   Derby - Class org.apache.derby.iapi.util.PropertyUtil

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public class Main {

  private static char[] hex_table = {
    '0', '1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', 
    'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f'
    Convert a hexidecimal string generated by toHexString() back
    into a byte array.

    @param s String to convert
    @param offset starting character (zero based) to convert.
    @param length number of characters to convert.

    @return the converted byte array. Returns null if the length is
    not a multiple of 2.
  public static byte[] fromHexString(String s, int offset, int length)
    if ((length%2) != 0)
      return null;

    byte[] byteArray = new byte[length/2];

    int j = 0;
    int end = offset+length;
    for (int i = offset; i < end; i += 2)
      int high_nibble = Character.digit(s.charAt(i), 16);
      int low_nibble = Character.digit(s.charAt(i+1), 16);

      if (high_nibble == -1 || low_nibble == -1)
        // illegal format
        return null;

      byteArray[j++] = (byte)(((high_nibble << 4) & 0xf0) | (low_nibble & 0x0f));
    return byteArray;



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