Convert a given String into the appropriate Class. : Class « Reflection « Java

Convert a given String into the appropriate Class.

import java.lang.reflect.Array;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Iterator;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Locale;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.StringTokenizer;

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public class Main {

  /** Primitive type name -> class map. */
  private static final Map PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP = new HashMap();

  /** Setup the primitives map. */
  static {
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("boolean", Boolean.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("byte", Byte.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("char", Character.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("short", Short.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("int", Integer.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("long", Long.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("float", Float.TYPE);
    PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.put("double", Double.TYPE);
   * Convert a list of Strings from an Interator into an array of Classes (the
   * Strings are taken as classnames).
   * @param it
   *          A java.util.Iterator pointing to a Collection of Strings
   * @param cl
   *          The ClassLoader to use
   * @return Array of Classes
   * @throws ClassNotFoundException
   *           When a class could not be loaded from the specified ClassLoader
  public final static Class<?>[] convertToJavaClasses(Iterator<String> it, ClassLoader cl)
      throws ClassNotFoundException {
    ArrayList<Class<?>> classes = new ArrayList<Class<?>>();
    while (it.hasNext()) {
      classes.add(convertToJavaClass(, cl));
    return classes.toArray(new Class[classes.size()]);

   * Convert a given String into the appropriate Class.
   * @param name
   *          Name of class
   * @param cl
   *          ClassLoader to use
   * @return The class for the given name
   * @throws ClassNotFoundException
   *           When the class could not be found by the specified ClassLoader
  private final static Class convertToJavaClass(String name, ClassLoader cl)
      throws ClassNotFoundException {
    int arraySize = 0;
    while (name.endsWith("[]")) {
      name = name.substring(0, name.length() - 2);

    // Check for a primitive type
    Class c = (Class) PRIMITIVE_NAME_TYPE_MAP.get(name);

    if (c == null) {
      // No primitive, try to load it from the given ClassLoader
      try {
        c = cl.loadClass(name);
      } catch (ClassNotFoundException cnfe) {
        throw new ClassNotFoundException("Parameter class not found: " + name);

    // if we have an array get the array class
    if (arraySize > 0) {
      int[] dims = new int[arraySize];
      for (int i = 0; i < arraySize; i++) {
        dims[i] = 1;
      c = Array.newInstance(c, dims).getClass();

    return c;



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