Re: Something Better than ArrayList

Tom Anderson <>
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:56:51 +0100
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On Tue, 21 Jun 2011, Gene Wirchenko wrote:

On Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:22:46 -0700 (PDT), Paul Cager
<> wrote:

On Jun 21, 6:34?am, Gene Wirchenko <> wrote:

Dear Java'ers:
? ? ?The name of the class is what I need. ?I assume I can find the
docs once I know what it is called.

Others have already pointed you to java.util.Map, which answers your
immediate question. You might also want to have a look at the Java
"Collections" tutorial for more general information:

    I found it rather dry, but did manage to write a proof-of-concept
program for a symbol table. However, I have to check for duplication
before put()ing. Is there a way to combine a Map and a Set to avoid

    For the Map

  static Map<String,String> SymbolTable=new HashMap<String,String>();

I would like to write something like

  static boolean TryToAdd
   String theKey,
   String theData
     return SymbolTable.put(theKey,theData);

instead of

  static boolean TryToAdd
   String theKey,
   String theData
     if (SymbolTable.containsKey(theKey))
        return false;
        return true;

    Am I missing something or is this not supported?

You can't do it with a normal Map. You can do it with a ConcurrentMap:

ConcurrentMap has it because you can't easily build an efficient
threadsafe implementation of putIfAbsent on top of the normal Map
interface. It's a bit of a shame Map doesn't have it, because it's useful
even if you're not dealing with multiple threads!


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