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package org.apache.mahout.common;
Offers two methods to convert an object to a string representation and restore the object given its string representation. Should use Hadoop Stringifier whenever available.
public final class StringUtils {
  private static final XStream xstream = new XStream();
  private static final Pattern NEWLINE_PATTERN = Pattern.compile("\n");
  public static final String LINE_SEP = System.getProperty("line.separator");
  private StringUtils() {
    // do nothing

Converts the object to a one-line string representation

obj the object to convert
the string representation of the object
  public static String toString(Object obj) {
    return .matcher(.toXML(obj)).replaceAll("");

Restores the object from its string representation.

str the string representation of the object
restored object
  public static Object fromString(String str) {
    return .fromXML(str);
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