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pyjavaproperties
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* Project hosting: <http://bitbucket.org/jnoller/pyjavaproperties/>

.. contents::

About
------------------

This is a "fork" of the "python replacement for java.util.Properties" recipe
on ASPN: <http://code.activestate.com/recipes/496795/> and uploaded by 
Anand Balachandran Pillai. 

The project is maintained by Jesse Noller <jnoller@gmail.com>, Anand Pilla
<abpillai@gmail.com>.

License
------------------
As with all ASPN recipes not otherwise licensed prior to July 15, 2008 on
aspn.activestate.com, the original recipe is under PSF License. For more
information, see the ASPN terms of service here:

<http://code.activestate.com/help/terms/>

While the licensing under the PSF license is sub-optimal, it is what it is. See
<http://docs.python.org/license.html> for more information about the PSF
license.

What this is
------------------
This module is designed to be a python equivalent to the `java.util.Properties <http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/util/Properties.html>`_ class. 
Currently, the basic input/output methods are supported, and there are plans 
to add the XML input/output methods found in J2SE 5.0.

Fundamentally, this module is designed so that users can easily parse and 
manipulate Java Properties files - that's it. There's a fair number of us 
pythonistas who work in multi-language shops, and constantly writing your own 
parsing mechanism is just painful. Not to mention Java guys are notoriously 
unwilling to use anything which is cross-language for configuration, unless
it's XML, which is a form of self-punishment. :)

Plans
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Here is a rough plan of features:

- Keep/maintain blank lines and comments found in the original file
- Make the module compatible with the new methods in J2SE 5.0
- Switch to/add python property access rather than direct dictionary get/set
- Add unit tests
- Add unicode support
- When-Pigs-Fly: If running within Jython, switch to java.util.Properties
  under the hood
- Coercion/conversion to python types for values 

Usage
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This is the easy part::

    from pyjavaproperties import Properties
    p = Properties()
    p.load(open('test2.properties'))
    p.list()
    print p
    print p.items()
    print p['name3']
    p['name3'] = 'changed = value'
    print p['name3']    
    p['new key'] = 'new value'
    p.store(open('test2.properties','w'))

See also the Properties.list() method, which will return an iterator over the
property keys

Changes & News
--------------

0.4:
    - Patch from Pepper Lebeck-Jobe for handling ! style comments.

0.3:
    - Keys that are added which were not part of the original file
      are simply appended to the index. Shenanigans.

0.2:
    - Added an internal list (self._keyorder) to keep an ordered index of keys
      as they are encountered, so the file can we written-back out in the 
      same order.

0.1:
    - Initial release/fork. 
    - Added setup/packaging and doc 
    - added in {foo} style references for previous properties, thanks to N B
      on ASPN.