The standard Java libraries fail to provide enough methods for manipulation of its main components. The Lang Package provides these extra methods. There are other classes which might justifiably be included in java.lang someday, this package also provides for them.
This proposal is to create a package of Java utility classes for the classes that are in java.lang's hierarchy, or are considered to be so standard as to justify existence in java.lang. The Lang Package also applies to primitives and arrays.
Lang relies only on standard JDK 1.2 (or later) APIs for production deployment. It utilizes the JUnit unit testing framework for developing and executing unit tests, but this is of interest only to developers of the component. Lang will be a dependency for several existing components in the open source world.
No external configuration files are utilized.
The initial classes came from the Commons.Util subproject.
The proposed package name for the new component is org.apache.commons.lang.