Re: finite state machine with enum

Tom Anderson <>
Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:02:55 +0000
On Wed, 10 Feb 2010, andijcr wrote:

i have a byte stream that has to be decoded in a list of simple
containers - basically I do a translation from serial to parallel. The
implementation I'm using now has this form:

public class RawProtocol{

   private long millis=/*some initialization procedure*/;
   public RawProtocol(InputStream inputStream, OutputStream
outputStream){ LinkedBlockingQueue<Byte>();;

   public RawData getRawData() {
       Byte temp;
               return null;
         return a deserialized packet
        ... */

   enum Mlsm{ //stands for my little state machine

       START {
           public Mlsm exec(byte time){
               pushTime(time); //this byte represents a time and
should be treated in a way
               return TIME_RED;
       TIME_RED {
           public Mlsm exec(byte value){
               pushValue(value); //this is a value and should be
treated in another way
               return VALUE_RED;
       VALUE_RED {
           public Mlsm exec(byte stop){
               switch (stop){
               case stopByte:
                   commit(); //the sequence (time - value) is well
formed and can be saved in a packet
                   return START;
               default: return GARBAGE;
       GARBAGE {
           public Mlsm exec(byte grbg){
               switch (grbg){
               case stopByte: return START;
               default: return this;

       public abstract Mlsm exec(byte b);

the machine is activated through getRawData, which makes it perform a
complete cycle to produce a single packet of formatted data

the initial idea to use a state machine implemented as an inner class
was to:
- bring order in the code

Seriously? You think that's more ordered than:

DataInputStream in;
while (true) {
  byte stop = in.readByte();
  if (stop == stopByte) {
  else {
  while ((stop = in.readByte()) != stopByte);


If what you've posted is really what you're doing, and not a huge
simplification of what you're actually doing, then you've massively
overcomplicated this.

- to take advantage of some time-dependent data (millis) managed by the
outer class RawProtocol (most important)

I don't see why you couldn't do that with the above loop.


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