Python Splices reimplemented in Java

Python has a fantastic feature called slices. It allows you to work with a list, set or string by it’s index items.

E.g.:

string_sample = "hello world"

string_sample[:-1]
>>> "hello worl"

string_sample[-1]
>>> "d"

string_sample[3]
>>> "l"

You can also do things like:

string_sample[3:5]
>>> 'lo'

Or even in reverse!

string_sample[::-1]
>>> 'dlrow olleh'

A possible Java implementation

public String slice_start(String s, int startIndex) {
    if (startIndex < 0) startIndex = s.length() + startIndex;
    return s.substring(startIndex);
}

public String slice_end(String s, int endIndex) {
    if (endIndex < 0) endIndex = s.length() + endIndex;
    return s.substring(0, endIndex);
}

public String slice_range(String s, int startIndex, int endIndex) {
    if (startIndex < 0) startIndex = s.length() + startIndex;
    if (endIndex < 0) endIndex = s.length() + endIndex;
    return s.substring(startIndex, endIndex);
}
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