CHAPTER-7(Java Input Output Streams)                                   BOTTOM



Data is retrieved from an input source. The results of a program are sent to an output destination. In Java, these sources or destinations are defined very broadly. For example, a network connection, memory buffer, or disk file can be manipulated by the Java I/O classes. Although physically different, these devices are all handled by the same abstraction: .

Java programs perform I/O through streams. A stream is an abstraction that either produces or consumes information. A stream is linked to a physical device by the Java I/O system.

Byte Streams and Character Streams

Java 2 defines two types of streams: byte and character. Byte streams provide a convenient means for handling input and output of bytes. Byte streams are used, for example, when reading or writing binary data. Character streams provide a convenient means for handling input and output of characters. They use Unicode and, therefore, can be internationalized. Also, in some cases, character streams are more efficient than
byte streams.

The Byte Stream Classes

Byte streams are defined by using two class hierarchies. At the top are two abstract classes: InputStream and OutputStream. Each of these abstract classes has several concrete subclasses, that handle the differences between various devices, such as disk files, network connections, and even memory buffers.The abstract classes InputStream and OutputStream define several key methods that the other stream classes implement. Two of the most important are read( ) and write( ), which, respectively, read and write bytes of data. Both methods are declared as abstract inside InputStream and OutputStream. They are overridden by derived
stream classes. The byte stream classes are shown in Table below.



The Character Stream Classes

Character streams are defined by using two class hierarchies. At the top are two abstract classes, Reader and Writer. These abstract classes handle Unicode character streams. Java has several concrete subclasses of each of these.The abstract classes Reader and Writer define several key methods that the other
stream classes implement. Two of the most important methods are read( ) and write( ), which read and write characters of data, respectively. These methods are overridden by derived stream classes.The character stream classes are shown in Table below.



Although most of the classes defined by operate on streams, the File class does not. It deals directly with files and the file system. That is, the File class does not specify how information is retrieved from or stored in files; it describes the properties of a file itself. A File object is used to obtain or manipulate the information associated with a disk file, such as the permissions, time, date, and directory path, and to navigate
subdirectory hierarchies.The following constructors can be used to create File objects:

File(String directoryPath)
File(String directoryPath, String filename)
File(File dirObj, String filename)

Here, directoryPath is the path name of the file, filename is the name of the file, dirObj is a .File object that specifies a directory .The following example creates three files: f1, f2, and f3. The first File object is
constructed with a directory path as the only argument. The second includes two arguments—the path and the filename. The third includes the file path assigned to f1 and a filename; f3 refers to the same file as f2.

File f1 = new File("/");
File f2 = new File("/","autoexec.bat");
File f3 = new File(f1,"autoexec.bat");

File defines many methods that obtain the standard properties of a File object. For example, getName( ) returns the name of the file, getParent( ) returns the name of the parent directory, and exists( ) returns true if the file exists, false if it does not. The File class, however, is not symmetrical. By this, we mean that there are many methods that allow you to examine the properties of a simple file object, but no corresponding function exists to change those attributes. The following example demonstrates several of the File methods:

// Demonstrate File.
class FileDemo {
static void p(String s) {
public static void main(String args[]) {
File f1 = new File("/java/COPYRIGHT");
p("File Name: " + f1.getName());
p("Path: " + f1.getPath());
p("Abs Path: " + f1.getAbsolutePath());
p("Parent: " + f1.getParent());
p(f1.exists() ? "exists" : "does not exist");
p(f1.canWrite() ? "is writeable" : "is not writeable");
p(f1.canRead() ? "is readable" : "is not readable");
p("is " + (f1.isDirectory() ? "" : "not" + " a directory"));
p(f1.isFile() ? "is normal file" : "might be a named pipe");
p(f1.isAbsolute() ? "is absolute" : "is not absolute");
p("File last modified: " + f1.lastModified());
p("File size: " + f1.length() + " Bytes");

When you run this program, you will see something similar to the following:

Path: /java/COPYRIGHT
Abs Path: /java/COPYRIGHT
Parent: /java
is writeable
is readable
is not a directory
is normal file
is absolute
File last modified: 812465204000
File size: 695 Bytes

Byte Stream based classes


InputStream is an abstract class that defines Java’s model of streaming byte input. All of the methods in this class will throw an IOException on error conditions. Table shows the methods in InputStream.


OutputStream is an abstract class that defines streaming byte output. All of the methods in this class return a void value and throw an IOException in the case of errors.Table below shows the methods in OutputStream.


The FileInputStream class creates an InputStream that you can use to read bytes from a file. Its two most common constructors are shown here:

FileInputStream(String filepath)
FileInputStream(File fileObj)

Either can throw a FileNotFoundException. Here, filepath is the full path name of a file, and fileObj is a File object that describes the file. The following example creates two FileInputStreams that use the same disk file
and each of the two constructors:

FileInputStream f0 = new FileInputStream("/autoexec.bat")
File f = new File("/autoexec.bat");
FileInputStream f1 = new FileInputStream(f);

Although the first constructor is probably more commonly used, the second allows us to closely examine the file using the File methods, before we attach it to an input stream. When a FileInputStream is created, it is also opened for reading

.// Demonstrate FileInputStream.
class FileInputStreamDemo {
public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
int size;
InputStream f = new FileInputStream("");

System.out.println("Total Available Bytes: " +
(size = f.available()));
int n = size/40;
System.out.println("First " + n + " bytes of the file one read() at a time");
for (int i=0; i < n; i++) {
System.out.println("\nStill Available: " + f.available());
System.out.println("Reading the next " + n +
" with one read(b[])");
byte b[] = new byte[n];
if ( != n) {
System.err.println("couldn't read " + n + " bytes.");
System.out.println(new String(b, 0, n));
System.out.println("\nStill Available: " + (size = f.available()));
System.out.println("Skipping half of remaining bytes with skip()");
System.out.println("Still Available: " + f.available());
System.out.println("Reading " + n/2 + " into the end of array");
if (, n/2, n/2) != n/2) {
System.err.println("couldn't read " + n/2 + " bytes.");
System.out.println(new String(b, 0, b.length));
System.out.println("\nStill Available: " + f.available());

Here is the output produced by this program:
Total Available Bytes: 1433
First 35 bytes of the file one read() at a time
// Demonstrate FileInputStream.
Still Available: 1398
Reading the next 35 with one read(b[])
class FileInputS
Still Available: 1363
Skipping half of remaining bytes with skip()
Still Available: 682
Reading 17 into the end of array
read(b) != n) {
Still Available: 665

This somewhat contrived example demonstrates how to read three ways, to skip input, and to inspect the amount of data available on a stream.


FileOutputStream creates an OutputStream that you can use to write bytes to a file. Its most commonly used constructors are shown here:

FileOutputStream(String filePath)
FileOutputStream(File fileObj)
FileOutputStream(String filePath, boolean append)
FileOutputStream(File fileObj, boolean append)

They can throw a FileNotFoundException or a SecurityException. Here, filePath is the full path name of a file, and fileObj is a File object that describes the file. If append is true, the file is opened in append mode.
Creation of a FileOutputStream is not dependent on the file already existing. FileOutputStream will create the file before opening it for output when you create the object. In the case where you attempt to open a read-only file, an IOException will be thrown. The following example creates a sample buffer of bytes by first making a String and then using the getBytes( ) method to extract the byte array equivalent. It then creates three files. The first, file1.txt, will contain every other byte from the sample. The second, file2.txt, will contain the entire set of bytes. The third and last, file3.txt, will contain only the last quarter. Unlike the FileInputStream methods, all of the FileOutputStream methods have a return type of void. In the case of an error, these methods will throw an IOException.

// Demonstrate FileOutputStream.
class FileOutputStreamDemo {
public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
String source = "Now is the time for all good men\n" + " to come to the aid of their country\n"
+ " and pay their due taxes.";
byte buf[] = source.getBytes();
OutputStream f0 = new FileOutputStream("file1.txt");
for (int i=0; i < buf.length; i += 2) {
OutputStream f1 = new FileOutputStream("file2.txt");
OutputStream f2 = new FileOutputStream("file3.txt");


Here are the contents of each file after running this program. First, file1.txt:
Nwi h iefralgo e
t oet h i ftercuty n a hi u ae.
Next, file2.txt:
Now is the time for all good men
to come to the aid of their country
and pay their due taxes.
Finally, file3.txt:
nd pay their due taxes.

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