Feature suggestion: Add support to Base64.Encoder and Base64.Decoder to wrap Writer / Reader

Rob Spoor openjdk at icemanx.nl
Tue Jan 8 21:08:59 UTC 2019

Java 8 added Base64 with its nested classes Encoder and Decoder. These 
both have methods to wrap an OutputStream / InputStream respectively. 
However, base64 is text; the alphabets exist out of ASCII characters 
only. This is (somewhat) acknowledged by the presence of the 
encodeToString(byte[]) and decode(String) methods. Doesn't it then also 
make sense to add methods to wrap a Writer and Reader respectively? 
(Perhaps Appendable / Readable is even better to provide more 
flexibility.) When reading an exception can be thrown if an unsupported 
character is encountered.

I have already written a simple example to wrap a StringBuilder in an 
OutputStream that I then wrap using Base64.Encoder: 
This could probably add some validation that characters are limited to 
the actual alphabet in the convert method, but I was a bit lazy there.

If an Appendable is wrapped the flush and close methods should delegate 
to the wrapped object if that implements Flushable / Closeable respectively.

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