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Why is using an optional preferential to null-checking the variable?

Take the two code examples: if(optional.isPresent()) { //do your thing } if(variable != null) { //do your thing } As far as I can tell the most obvious difference is that the Optional ...
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Is it an antipattern to use peek() to modify a stream element?

Suppose I have a stream of Things and I want to "enrich" them mid stream, I can use peek() to do this, eg: streamOfThings.peek(this::thingMutator).forEach(this::someConsumer); Assume that mutating ...
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How confusing is `new SomeCollection(values…)::contains` as a Predicate? [closed]

Traditionally, a function that want to skip certain items during processing will accept a Collection or var-args argument, but in the Java 8 world I think I should switch to Predicates. Now, since ...
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Should Java 8 Stream instances always be close()'d?

Quoth the Javadoc: Streams have a BaseStream.close() method and implement AutoCloseable, but nearly all stream instances do not actually need to be closed after use. Generally, only streams whose ...
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Do 'OR' conditional statement continue if already true? [duplicate]

I have a question in regards to Java conditional if statements. If I have a statement such as this: if(true || false){ //output } Will Java go inside of the the if statement as soon as it sees the ...
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usage of interface.super.print() in java8

In java8, we are using interface.super. Considering the below points There are 2 interfaces but none of the interfaces inherit to another. There is implementation class which is inheriting both of ...
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Multi inheritance in Java

Let's say I've got a generic java class Filter<InputType, OutputType> which receives an input object and transforms it to an output object. Now I've got two other classes ...
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Why should I use “functional operations” instead of a for loop?

for (Canvas canvas : list) { } NetBeans suggests me to use "functional operations": list.stream().forEach((canvas) -> { }); But why is this preferred? If anything, it is ...
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Is it good practice to implement two Java 8 default methods in terms of each other?

I'm designing an interface with two related methods, similar to this: public interface ThingComputer { default Thing computeFirstThing() { return computeAllThings().get(0); } ...
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Is Collection.stream().filter().forEach() inefficient compared to a standard for each loop?

IntelliJ IDEA recommended to me just now to replace the following for-each loop with a Java 8 "forEach" call: for (Object o : objects) { if (o instanceof SomeObject) { ...
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What is the “->” symbol called?

I have seen the -> operator/symbol in Java 8 predicates recently and wondered what its name is. I know that it is used in lambda expressions, but I know that the symbol for lambda is λ, so that's ...
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Can't figure out how to parallelize the calculation of the amount of offspring expected for species in genetic algorithm

I developed a genetic algorithm in java 8 taking advantage of its reasonably free parallelism opportunities with Streams. As you are likely aware, running the epochs takes its time for even a test ...
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Is there a performance benefit to using the method reference syntax instead of lambda syntax in Java 8?

Do method references skip the overhead of the lambda wrapper? Might they in the future? According to the Java Tutorial on Method References: Sometimes... a lambda expression does nothing but ...
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Is it a good idea to contextually name predefined functional interfaces?

I am currently working with Java 8 and using functional interfaces a lot. I often find myself writing code like this: public interface MessageHandler extends Consumer<String> { } Is this a ...
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What is the name of a function that takes no argument and returns nothing? [closed]

In Java 8's java.util.function package, we have: Function: Takes one argument, produces one result. Consumer: Takes one argument, produces nothing. Supplier: Takes no argument, produces one result. ...
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Is it a sane thing to return Streams wherever we would normally return Collections?

While developing my API that is not tied to any legacy code, I often find myself writing methods that are purely Streams pipeline terminated by collecting the results. Like this one: ...
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Java Streams API Documentation

Currently learning Java so this may be a question resulting from lack of understanding of Java (while also learning Streams API) In the declarations of function I often see two templated types for ...
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Does it make sense to split up an existing multi-method interface into several single method interfaces just to take advantage of lambdas?

Say I have an existing callback interface that has multiple methods. To illustrate my point I use a callback the likes that you would see in code that performs some HTTP client operations: public ...
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How the Stream.filter() method works?

I know how the lambda expresion works and I know it is an argument for .filter() that establish the criteria to filter with. But I don't get how .filter() uses the argument, in this case a lambda ...
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Is there any reason not to use Optional as a method argument in the case where you know the argument is something that may or may not be needed?

With Java 8, I've seen more and more articles about the use of Option/Optional. I understand what they trying to represent, and I see many examples of them being used as returns. However what I don't ...
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Why were default and static methods added to interfaces in Java 8 when we already had abstract classes?

In Java 8, interfaces can contain implemented methods, static methods, and the so-called "default" methods (which the implementing classes do not need to override). In my (probably naive) view, there ...
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Passing a Scala function to a Java 8 method

The following Scala code works and can be passed to a Java method expecting a function. Is there a cleaner way to do this? Here's my first pass: val plusOne = new ...
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Workaround for Java checked exceptions

I appreciate a lot the new Java 8 features about lambdas and default methods interfaces. Yet, I still get bored with checked exceptions. For instance, if I just want to list all the visible fields of ...
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Why are the Java 8 java.time classes missing a getMillis() method?

Java 8 has a whole new library for dates and times in the package java.time which is very welcome thing to anyone who has had to use JodaTime before or hassle with making it's own date processing ...
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Are Interfaces with Java 8 Virtual Extension Methods the Same Thing as Mixins?

This post describes a new feature in Java 8 called virtual extension methods (formerly called default methods, or defender methods). In the example provided, an interface has one method, which is ...
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Why would someone use @Native annotations?

link : http://download.java.net/jdk8/docs/api/java/lang/annotation/Native.html In Java 8, there will be @Native annotations. Indicates that a field defining a constant value may be referenced ...
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Reasons for removal of function types in Java 8

I have been trying to understand why the JDK 8 Lambda Expert Group (EG) decided not to include a new function type into the Java programming language. Going over the mailing list I found a thread ...
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Type inference in Java 8

Is the introduction of the new lambda notation (see e.g. this article) in Java 8 going to require some kind of type inference? If so, how will the new type system impact the Java language as a whole? ...