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    Default Problem with bytes and characters

    Okay this is a simple problem but it is confusing me.

    String str = "a";
    byte[] bytes = str.getBytes();

    Theoretically characters are two bytes each because java uses Unicode. However, the array that I get is of length 1. In other words it only has one byte.

    Why on earth is it doing this? I want to get two bytes representing my character, not just one.

    Actually, thinking about it I think it is using Ascii characters. But why would it use Ascii? I thought Java used unicode??


    I think I fixed it. I had to write byte[] bytes = str.getBytes("UTF-16"); to get the proper encoding.
    Last edited by PrinceSendai; 09-23-2010 at 06:16 AM. Reason: I FIXED IT

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