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Java 8: Converting Optional Collection to the Streams API

Although Java 9 has already been released, this post is about converting an optional collection to the Streams API introduced in Java 8.

Suppose some person could have zero, one or more cars and it is represented by the Person class below (some code omitted).

Now we create a list of people and we want to get Mark’s cars.

How can we do that using the Streams API, since the getCars() method return an Optional?

One possibility is to filter people’s list by Mark’s name, filter the Optional if it is present or not and map its wrapped value (our cars list):

At this moment we reached the reason of this blog post. And how can we get all people’s cars? The idea here is to use the flatMap() operation unwrapping the Optional to the collection’s stream when it is present or getting an empty stream when it isn’t present:

We can do better and replace the above solution to be more functional using method references:

If you use IntelliJ IDEA as your favorite IDE, it has an inspection that helps replacing Optional.isPresent() with a functional expression:

P.S. In Java 9, the stream() method was added to the Optional API, so we can rewrite the above stream pipeline into the following one:

In case you are interested, this post on the IntelliJ IDEA blog has some good tips when working with Java 8.

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About the Kotlin programming language

Kotlin is a statically typed language which is fully interoperable with Java.

Recently my friend Andre showed me Kotlin‘s nice syntax and I considered giving it a try.

In the meantime, my friend Leonnardo sent me this nice link which helps migrating from Java to Kotlin easily.

Let’s compare some syntax from Java and Kotlin and see the differences. Suppose we have some employees and we want to group them by their departments.

In Java we create an Employee class, build some employees and use the Streams API to group them by their departments:

In Kotlin we create a data class Employee, build some employees and use the collection built-in groupBy method to group them by their departments:

As you can see, Kotlin has some syntactic sugar that makes it less verbose than Java.

If you haven’t considered trying Kotlin yet, I think it is worth giving it a try.

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Converting a Map to a List in Java 8, Groovy and Ruby

Some days ago I was developing a task on a Gradle project and I faced with a situation where I had to convert a Map < String, List < String >> to List < Pair >, each pair containing the key and one element from the List.

I decided to compare the solution in three different languages: Java 8 (using lambdas and the Streams API), Groovy and Ruby to see how concise and expressive they would be. Then, I created the Groovy code and it looked like this:

Running the above code, the result is below:

The Ruby version looked like this:

The Ruby program generated the following output:

Below is the Java 8 version, using lambdas, Streams and the Collectors API:

Running the Java 8 version produced the following output:

The Groovy and Ruby version are very expressive and concise. Note the use of the collectMany method on the Groovy version and the use of the flatten method on the Ruby version to flatten the result list into a single list of pairs.
The Java 8 version made use of the collect method of the Stream API, to collect the results in a list of Pair instances, each one holding the key and value of each element from the List< String >.

What do you think about this comparison? Leave your comments here!

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