Re: Vector (was Re: Change character in string)

Lew <>
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 21:45:42 -0400
Andreas Leitgeb wrote:

Bent C Dalager <> wrote:

I am going to take this as an invitation to vent my pet peeve with
Vector again (even if I don't really understand what the contest is
all about). My apologies if it has been mentioned before in this
thread - I'm something of a latecomer to the discussion.
[demonstration of deadlock-weakness of Vector w.r.t. .equals()]

No, it hasn't and I'm very grateful to this contribution.

Current score:
 minus 100 points against Vector.

I lost.

Here is the source of the underlying 'SynchronizedList' nested class's
'equals()' method:

   public boolean equals(Object o) {
     synchronized(mutex) {return list.equals(o);}

That's good, because if 'equals()' weren't synchronized it would be broken.

I am grateful to Bent also, because I never knew about this flaw with
'Vector'. It is good to have more than just an aesthetic argument for my choice.

Now I have quite the mental exercise ahead of me to figure out why
'Vector#equals()' deadlocks and 'SynchronizedList#equals()' doesn't.

Here's the source from 'Vector':

public class Vector<E>
   extends AbstractList<E>
   implements List<E>, RandomAccess, Cloneable,
   public synchronized boolean equals(Object o) {
     return super.equals(o);

How interesting that Sun, who usually espouses
"opening-brace-on-the-same-line", gives it a separate line at the class level


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