Random code snippet: getting user’s documents / home directory 01 Aug, 2012
Occasionally I like to throw out random tips without any context or, indeed, much point beyond their inherent usefulness for anyone Googling or Binging. So, whatever, here is the latest:
It is commonly-believed that grabbing the
user.home system properties in Java is good enough, when it comes to making use of a user’s documents folder. Well, they get you part of the way there (although they don’t necessarily mean what you think they mean), but if you want a more resilient bit o’code, this may float your boat (note that this makes use of the Swing API):
return javax.swing.filechooser.FileSystemView .getFileSystemView().getDefaultDirectory().getAbsolutePath();
Less useful on OS X (just returns a reference to the user’s home directory so you may as well just carry on with
user.home) but good for Windows, where it returns a reference to the user’s “My Documents” folder—I think it’s internationalisation-friendly to boot.