(WIP) A fork of Google's DiffMatchPatch in Java where diffs include string index pointers.
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Indexed DiffMatchPatch in Java

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The Diff, Match and Patch Library, originally developed by Neil Fraser and hosted at http://code.google.com/p/google-diff-match-patch/, is a library for detecting in-line text differences ('inserted' and 'deleted').

This is a fork of the DiffMatchPatch project that changes multiple parts of the algorithm so that diffs returned have a startIndex and an endIndex value.

The main idea behind this fork comes from the fact that character-based index pointers are required for a great majority of NLP tools available (e.g.: sentence-splitters, roi taggers). Using String.indexOf(diffText) or String.lastIndexOf(diffText) to obtain these indexes would not be a viable solution, since a diff text can often occur multiple times in the same document.

Other use cases include sorting diffs by startIndex (so that they are ordered by occurrence in the original document) and using String.substring() to retrieve text surrounding the differed section (snippets).

Usage

Maven

<dependency>
    <groupId>com.edduarte</groupId>
    <artifactId>diff-match-patch</artifactId>
    <version>1.0.0</version>
</dependency>

Gradle

dependencies {
    compile 'com.edduarte:diff-match-patch:1.0.0'
}

Example

DiffMatchPatch dmp = new DiffMatchPatch();
LinkedList<Diff> diffs = dmp.diff_main(oldText, newText);

int snippetOffset = 50;
for (Diff d : diffs) {

    int start = d.getStartIndex() - snippetOffset;
    int end = d.getEndIndex() + snippetOffset;

    if (d.getOperation().equals(DiffMatchPatch.Operation.INSERT)) {

        // for diffs with operation 'INSERT', the snippet is a
        // substring of the newText
        String snippet = newText.substring(start, end);

    } else if (d.getOperation().equals(DiffMatchPatch.Operation.DELETE) ||
               d.getOperation().equals(DiffMatchPatch.Operation.EQUAL)) {

        // for diffs with operation 'DELETE' or 'EQUAL', the snippet is a
        // substring of the oldText
        String snippet = oldText.substring(start, end);

    }
}

Projects using this library

You can see this library in use at https://github.com/vokter/vokter.

License

Copyright 2016 Eduardo Duarte

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

   http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
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