Converting a String to an Object

Is there some way of converting a String (from a textfield) to an Object? What I want is something similar to the functionality offerred by a JTable. This is because I want the user to be able to input a value of any type to the textfield (e.g. String, int, boolean, etc) and get its object representation ...
Would a simple cast do ?
David

dattard,
A string is an object, when someone enters something into a JTextField, REGARDLESS of what it is (int, double, string, etc) it is stored in the string text in that text field (JTextField.getText()).
So if someone enters in "123", its the STRING 123, not the number one hundred and twenty three... to GET the number 123, you'll need to do something like:
int value = Integer.parseInt( myTextField.getText() );
to have the string parsed for the value, if you want a double, same idea:
double value = Double.parseDouble( myTextField.getText() );
NOTE: The number wrapper classes (Integer, Double, Float, etc.) contain "parseXXXX" methods that allow you to parse a corresponding numeric value out of a String object.
Also, when a user enters ANYTHING into a text input field of any type, its ALWAYS a String, if you want a different version of what they entered, its up to you to parse it and decide what it was.

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