Re: [List]Update of a List in a method

Daniel Moyne <>
Mon, 25 Dec 2006 18:32:37 +0100
Lew wrote:

Daniel Moyne wrote:

What is wrong
public ArrayList<String> upDateExistingIndiPathClassNameValuesList(Indi
indi, ArrayList<String> classnamevalueslist) {
        Property classnameproperty=indi.getProperty(ClassNameTag);
        if (classnameproperty != null) {


        return classnamevalueslist;

butthough it does compile correctly I get an overflow error :
even without doing anything to this list !

Daniel Moyne wrote:

I forgot to provide the calling line :
ArrayList<String>myList=new ArrayList<String>();
where probably is the problem !

You should reply to the same thread instead of starting a new one on the
same issue.

First of all, there is no in the code you posted, so the posted
code pretty certainly is not "probably ... the problem", since the error
clearly comes from a You should conclude from the error
message that code involved with a Writer is at fault, not that completely
unrelated code is involved.

Secondly, your reassignment of "myList" to the result of the method call
is redundant; it already points to the same list anyway.

Thirdly, it looks like what you need is a Set, not a List. Consequently,

fourthly, you should not name a variable ("classnamevalueslist") with its
implementation as part of the name. What sense does it make to declare

Set<String> classnamevalueslist;

And isn't everything a "value"? Putting "value" in the name provides no

You should name the variable (using conventional camelCase) "classNames"
or something like that. Then you can change from Set to List to whatever
without having to rename everything.

Why a Set and not a List? Check out the Javadocs for those interfaces.

Speaking of interfaces,

fifthly, usually you should declare a variable with the interface type,
and instantiate it with the concrete type, as:

Set<String> classNames = new HashSet<String> ();

Unless you absolutely require the characteristics of a particular
implementation, this idiom provides more flexibility for plugin changes
(e.g., to a TreeSet).

Finally, to answer your main question we would need to see the code that
was actually involved in the error. On the face of it, something is
writing the results of a recursive method that has no termination

thanks for your answer ; as a matter of fact the error was not in these
provided lines but in the ones inside the method not provided !

Now regarding my ArrayList<String> I have changed my approach to a more
global one ; as I have to work on it basically for update in more than one
method of the class I preferred to have it declared as static in the class
for those methods to access it without to mess with arguments and returned
values ; now it workd neatly.

I should have put some more thoughts on my probem before posting.

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