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Ryan Ovrevik commented on COLLECTIONS-213:
Sorry for the delay in responding to the suggestion to close this
Unless I am missing something, the functionality provided by creating
an intermediate list is not sufficient for our use cases. We use
iterators in a pipes and filters-based batch process. The iterators
are backed by fifo queues that are populated from database records.
Using the intermediate list approach would require that all items
piped through the process would first be read into (and stay in)
> CollectionUtils API extension: algorithm methods accept an Iterator argument
> Key: COLLECTIONS-213
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COLLECTIONS-213
> Project: Commons Collections
> Issue Type: Improvement
> Components: Core
> Reporter: Dusan Chromy
> Fix For: 3.3
> Attachments: CollectionUtils.java, TestCollectionUtils.java
> I just finished the Iterator additions to CollectionUtils, including test cases and I am going to
> attach them to this issue very shortly (basically as soon as I figure out how attaching in JIRA works :)
> At first I was thinking for a while whether CollectionUtils is a good place to accomodate the methods with the
> new signature, until I noticed the collect method already accepts an Iterator argument.
> Following methods now accept an Iterator argument (besides collect):
> I also noticed cardinality used to throw a NPE if the collection argument was null.
> I see no reason why it should not return zero. The Iterator flavour does return zero
> and I also modified the Collection version to return zero (including Javadoc
> modification) for the sake of consistence.
> I stopped to think for a while before touching the method, but the fact
> that the Javadoc does not mention "may not be null" made me think the NPE is not thrown
> intentionally. And after all, cardinality(..) is nothing else than specialized countMatches(..),
> which returns 0 for null collection. However, feel free to reject the change to the cardinality(Object,Collection)
> method if you think otherwise.
> I worked on a fresh checkout from subversion and I just updated few minutes ago to make sure I have modified
> the latest version. Anyway, please double-check before commiting the changes.
> > I think that these methods would make useful additions to the API.
> > I don't have the time to do much collections work these days, but if you want to code the methods with test cases and attach them to JIRA then that would be great.
> > Stephen
> > [hidden email] wrote:
> > > I've been using some algorithm methods from the CollectionUtils, for example
> > > find(Collection, Predicate)
> > > exists(Collection, Predicate)
> > > countMatches(Collection, Predicate)
> > > forAllDo(Collection, Closure)
> > >
> > > However, I would also like to be able to use these algorithms with an Iterator:
> > >
> > > find(Iterator, Predicate)
> > > exists(Iterator, Predicate)
> > > countMatches(Iterator, Predicate)
> > > forAllDo(Iterator, Closure)
> > >
> > > The obvious workaround is to use IteratorUtils.toList(Iterator), however this comes at the cost of constructing a list object (an ArrayList presumably) which could be avoided, as the Iterator itself is sufficient for the above algorithms to work.
> > >
> > > What do you think? Is there any reason not to provide the algorithms for an Iterator? I personally think that the algorithms should have been there for Iterators in the first place, because every collection is Iterable (or has an Iterator, prior to JDK 5.0).
> > >
> > > If noone is interested or has time to implement these changes, I can also contribute to the project - but at the moment I just wanted to discuss the idea / check if this has been already considered or planned.
> > >
> > > Best Regards,
> > >
> > > Dusan Chromy
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