Something I never really liked in Java was the excessive amount of code to just read a file, but finally, starting from Java 1.7 version, there is the following way to do it

String content = newScanner(new File(absoluteFilePath)).useDelimiter("\\Z").next();

This piece of code misses some important features, like exceptions management, but it finally makes sense for me.

The following is a practical example that uses the try-with-resources statement to automatically close the opened resource (that comes with Java 1.7 as well) and delegate the exception management to the caller:

public String readFileToString(String filePath) throws IOException{
	Path path = Paths.get(filePath);
	String string = "";
	try(Scanner scanner = new Scanner(path))
		string = scanner.useDelimiter("\\A").next();
	return string;

Following is the same behavior implemented with the older version, much longer to write.

public String readFileToString(String filePath){
	String fileContent = "";

	FileReader file = null;

		file = new FileReader(filePath);
		BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(file);
		String line = "";
		while ((line = reader.readLine()) != null) {
			fileContent += line + "\n";
	} catch (IOException e) {
	} finally {
		if (file != null) {
			try {
			} catch (IOException e) {

	return fileContent;