Sunday, March 20, 2016

Google Guava IP and Hostname Validation

I was trying to come up with a way to validate hostnames and IP addresses. I didn't want to spend time trying to do it myself. I figured that this should be a common situation, and likely someone had already written a tool to do just such a thing. I was right. Google Guava has a couple of interesting classes that do exactly what I was looking for.

For folks who may not be familiar with Guava, it is a framework of really helpful utilities that can be used for a variety of situations. Most folks who use Guava in my experience use the collections classes. However, there is a boon for anyone who digs a little deeper.

We will use two specific classes from the Guava framework to do our validations. The first is InternetDomainName which is used to validate the domain name. The other is InetAddresses to check our IP address for validity.

There are some caveats to the InternetDomainName class which are explained here: InternetDomainNameExplained.

In the code below, we see that it is very easy to use and it works very well.


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