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I came across a fascinating Java talk on youtube by Devoxx 2022 Hanno Embregts. This article is about a few java snippets I encountered. The purpose of today’s TIL is to have a list of interesting things we could do in Java and not deep dive into each concept.

Today’s TIL : Crazy things to do with Java 11+

Initializing Array and var keyword

Having the ~var~ keyword in a statically typed language such as Java was fascinating in itself(an article on this in the future :). But we never thought we would use it to initialize such as

var element =new int[2];       //WORKS
var [] element=new int[2];      // COMPILE ERROR :error: 'var' is not allowed as an element type of an array

Since var is a generic element type, giving it array [] provides an error since rather than being generic we are giving it an array type.

C style Array

What is a c style array? Java supports providing [] before and after the variable name in an array

 int []arr=new int[2];
 int arr1[]=new int[2];

In C style array, we provide [] after the variable name that is ~int arr1[].

So in Java, suppose we have the following code:

       int arr1[],arr2;
       arr1=new int[1];
       arr2=new int[1];        //COMPILE ERROR : error: incompatible types: int[] cannot be converted to int

The above code will result in COMPILE ERROR for arr2 since arr2 is not an array but a primitive int variable. But if we want to want both arr1 and arr12 as array type we need to change the declaration to

       int [] arr1,arr2; //Notice how [] are 
       arr1=new int[1];
       arr2=new int[1];      

Arrays.asList and Primitives

Let’s look at the following example :

String [] strArr={"one","two","three"};
var stringList= Arrays.asList(strArr);

int [] intArray = {1,2,3};
var intList = Arrays.asList(intArray);

System.out.println(stringList.contains("one")+" ");

Output: true false

Signature of Arrays.asList is var-args or List of T’s.

      public static <T> List<T> asList(T... a)

T is of generic type so that means it needs to reference a Type such as Integer,Float and not reference Array of Ints

But next question is Can they boxed ? (Autoboxing: Converting primitive to Class Type example : int -> Integer) Answer is no Array of ints -> Cannot be boxed -> Array of Integer

Don’t use Arrays.asList on primitives

No structural changes allowed in Array

String [] ints ={"a","b","c",null};
List<String> strings= Arrays.asList(ints);
strings.removeIf(Objects :: isNull);

Output: Exception in thread “main” java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException: remove at java.base/java.util.Iterator.remove(Iterator.java:102)

Because the array does not allow any structural changes to it

A Unique way to remove null values from Map

Map<Integer,String> map=new HashMap();
map.put(4,null); //currently map has key:4 value: null
map.putIfAbsent(4,"four");     //key key:4 value:four

Output: null,four


var numbers = List.of(-1,0,1);
Map<Integer,List<Integer>> map=new HashMap<>();
numbers.forEach(number-> map.putIfAbsent(number,new ArrayList<>())

Output: NullPointerException: Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NullPointerException at HelloWorld.lambda$main$0(HelloWorld.java:33)

Because map.putIfAbsent returns null if no value is present