Java LanguageEnum starting with number


Java does not allow the name of enum to start with number like 100A, 25K. In that case, we can append the code with _ (underscore) or any allowed pattern and make check of it.

Enum with name at begining

public enum BookCode {
    _10A("Simon Haykin", "Communication System"),
    _42B("Stefan Hakins", "A Brief History of Time"),
    E1("Sedra Smith", "Electronics Circuits");

    private String author;
    private String title;

    BookCode(String author, String title) { = author;
        this.title = title;

    public String getName() {
        String name = name();
        if (name.charAt(0) == '_') {
            name = name.substring(1, name.length());
        return name;

    public static BookCode of(String code) {
        if (Character.isDigit(code.charAt(0))) {
            code = "_" + code;
        return BookCode.valueOf(code);