How to prevent code repetition with enums?

17 Nov 2006 04:03:57 -0800
Hello. I was wondering if there is a better way to write the below
code. I have several enums, where each enum is for an option type and
each option has a short 1-3 letter string used when I need to identify
the option from a string. The code for each option type is identical
and I'd prefer to not repeat it over and over again.

static enum YesNoOption {
  YES("yes"), NO("no");
  private final String str;
  private YesNoOption(String str) { this.str = str; }
  public String getOptionString() { return str; }
  public static YesNoOption getOption(String str) {
    for(YesNoOption o: YesNoOption.values())
        return o;
    return null;

static enum ColorOption {
  BLUE("b"), RED("r"), GREEN("g"), MAGENTA("m"), YELLOW("y");
  private final String str;
  private ColorOption(String str) { this.str = str; }
  public String getOptionString() { return str; }
  public static ColorOption getOption(String str) {
    for(ColorOption o: ColorOption.values())
        return o;
    return null;



YesNoOption yesno = YesNoOption.getOption("no");
ColorOption color = ColorOption.getOption("g");

if(color == ColorOption.GREEN) {


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