String getCurrencyCode( )
Returns the code (as defined by ISO 4217) that describes
the invoking currency.
int getDefaultFractionDigits( )
Returns the number of digits after the decimal point that
are normally used by the invoking currency. For example,
there are 2 fractional digits normally used for dollars.
static Currency
Returns a Currency object for the locale specified by
getInstance(Locale localeObj)
static Currency
Returns a Currency object associated with the currency
getInstance(String code)
code passed in code.
String getSymbol( )
Returns the currency symbol (such as $) for the invoking
String getSymbol(Locale localeObj) Returns the currency symbol (such as $) for the locale
passed in localeObj.
String toString( )
Returns the currency code for the invoking object.
TABLE 18-10
The Methods Defined by Currency
With the release of JDK 5, Java added a capability long desired by programmers: the ability to
easily create formatted output. Since the beginning, Java has offered a rich and varied API, but
it had not always offered an easy way to create formatted text output, especially for numeric
values. Classes such as NumberFormat, DateFormat, and MessageFormat provided by earlier
versions of Java do have useful formatting capabilities, but they were not especially convenient
to use. Furthermore, unlike C and C++ that support the widely understood and used printf( )
family of functions which offers a simple way to format output, Java had previously not offered
such methods. One reason for this is that printf-style formatting requires the use of
variable-length arguments (varargs), which Java did not support until the release of JDK 5. Once
varargs were available, it was a simple matter to add a general-purpose formatter.
At the core of Java's support for creating formatted output is the Formatter class. It provides
format conversions that let you display numbers, strings, and time and date in virtually any
format you like. It operates in a manner similar to the C/C++ printf( ) function, which means
that if you are familiar with C/C++, then learning to use Formatter will be very easy. It also
further streamlines the conversion of C/C++ code to Java. If you are not familiar with C/C++,
it is still quite easy to format data.
NOTE  Although Java's Formatter class operates in a manner very similar to the C/C++ printf( )
function, there are some differences, and some new features. Therefore, if you have a C/C++
background, a careful reading is advised.
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