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Monthly Archives: January 2010

An iterable array


Java has the nice Iterable interface (since Java 5, i guess) that allows object oriented loops like

List<String> strings = new ArrayList<String>();
for(String string : strings) 

but guess what, a simple array is not iterable…

In case you need one, feel free to use this one:

package ac.simons;
import java.util.Iterator;
public class IterableArray<T> implements Iterable<T> {
	private class ArrayIteratorImpl implements Iterator<T> {
		private int position = 0;
		public boolean hasNext() {
			return data != null && this.position < data.length;
		public T next() {
			return data[position++];
		public void remove() {
			throw new UnsupportedOperationException();
	private final T[] data;
	public IterableArray(T[] data) { = data;
	public Iterator<T> iterator() {
		return new ArrayIteratorImpl();

Create ZIP Archives containing Unicode filenames with Java


It is harder than i thought to create a simple Zip Archive from within Java that contains entries with unicode names in it.

I’m actually to lazy to read all the specs, but it says something that the entries in a zip archive are encoded using “Cp437″. The buildin Java compressing api has nothing to offer for setting the encoding so i tried Apache Commons Compress.

The manual says the following about interop :

For maximum interop it is probably best to set the encoding to UTF-8, enable the language encoding flag and create Unicode extra fields when writing ZIPs. Such archives should be extracted correctly by, 7Zip, WinZIP, PKWARE tools and most likely InfoZIP tools. They will be unusable with Windows’ “compressed folders” feature and bigger than archives without the Unicode extra fields, though.

That didn’t work for me.

After some cursing, this is my solution:

final ZipArchiveOutputStream zout = new ZipArchiveOutputStream(new BufferedOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(fc.getSelectedFile())));

I specifying explicitly the encoding but instead of using utf-8, which didn’t work for my utf-8 strings (wtf??), i’m using the Cp437 from the specs and some other magic options and it works for me in 7zip, WinZip and even Windows’ “compressed folders”.

Edit: Unfortunately, in Mac OS X’s Unzip utility, the non Cp437 are broken. If anyone has a good idea, feel free to leave a comment.