[SOLVED] What's the difference of strings within single or double quotes in groovy?


def a = "a string"
def b = 'another'

Is there any difference? Or just like javascript to let’s input ' and " easier in strings?


Single quotes are a standard java String

Double quotes are a templatable String, which will either return a GString if it is templated, or else a standard Java String. For example:

println 'hi'.class.name    // prints java.lang.String
println "hi".class.name    // prints java.lang.String

def a = 'Freewind'
println "hi $a"            // prints "hi Freewind"
println "hi $a".class.name // prints org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.GStringImpl

If you try templating with single quoted strings, it doesn’t do anything, so:

println 'hi $a'            // prints "hi $a"

Also, the link given by julx in their answer is worth reading (esp. the part about GStrings not being Strings about 2/3 of the way down.

Answered By – tim_yates

Answer Checked By – Candace Johnson (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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