JavaTM 2 Platform
Std. Ed. v1.3.1

java.util
Class AbstractMap

java.lang.Object
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All Implemented Interfaces:
Map
Direct Known Subclasses:
HashMap, TreeMap, WeakHashMap

public abstract class AbstractMap
extends Object
implements Map

This class provides a skeletal implementation of the Map interface, to minimize the effort required to implement this interface.

To implement an unmodifiable map, the programmer needs only to extend this class and provide an implementation for the entrySet method, which returns a set-view of the map's mappings. Typically, the returned set will, in turn, be implemented atop AbstractSet. This set should not support the add or remove methods, and its iterator should not support the remove method.

To implement a modifiable map, the programmer must additionally override this class's put method (which otherwise throws an UnsupportedOperationException), and the iterator returned by entrySet().iterator() must additionally implement its remove method.

The programmer should generally provide a void (no argument) and map constructor, as per the recommendation in the Map interface specification.

The documentation for each non-abstract methods in this class describes its implementation in detail. Each of these methods may be overridden if the map being implemented admits a more efficient implementation.

Since:
1.2
See Also:
Map, Collection

Inner classes inherited from class java.util.Map
Map.Entry
 
Constructor Summary
protected AbstractMap()
          Sole constructor.
 
Method Summary
 void clear()
          Removes all mappings from this map (optional operation).
 boolean containsKey(Object key)
          Returns true if this map contains a mapping for the specified key.
 boolean containsValue(Object value)
          Returns true if this map maps one or more keys to this value.
abstract  Set entrySet()
          Returns a set view of the mappings contained in this map.
 boolean equals(Object o)
          Compares the specified object with this map for equality.
 Object get(Object key)
          Returns the value to which this map maps the specified key.
 int hashCode()
          Returns the hash code value for this map.
 boolean isEmpty()
          Returns true if this map contains no key-value mappings.
 Set keySet()
          Returns a Set view of the keys contained in this map.
 Object put(Object key, Object value)
          Associates the specified value with the specified key in this map (optional operation).
 void putAll(Map t)
          Copies all of the mappings from the specified map to this map (optional operation).
 Object remove(Object key)
          Removes the mapping for this key from this map if present (optional operation).
 int size()
          Returns the number of key-value mappings in this map.
 String toString()
          Returns a string representation of this map.
 Collection values()
          Returns a collection view of the values contained in this map.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

AbstractMap

protected AbstractMap()
Sole constructor. (For invocation by subclass constructors, typically implicit.)
Method Detail

size

public int size()
Returns the number of key-value mappings in this map. If the map contains more than Integer.MAX_VALUE elements, returns Integer.MAX_VALUE.

This implementation returns entrySet().size().

Specified by:
size in interface Map
Returns:
the number of key-value mappings in this map.

isEmpty

public boolean isEmpty()
Returns true if this map contains no key-value mappings.

This implementation returns size() == 0.

Specified by:
isEmpty in interface Map
Returns:
true if this map contains no key-value mappings.

containsValue

public boolean containsValue(Object value)
Returns true if this map maps one or more keys to this value. More formally, returns true if and only if this map contains at least one mapping to a value v such that (value==null ? v==null : value.equals(v)). This operation will probably require time linear in the map size for most implementations of map.

This implementation iterates over entrySet() searching for an entry with the specified value. If such an entry is found, true is returned. If the iteration terminates without finding such an entry, false is returned. Note that this implementation requires linear time in the size of the map.

Specified by:
containsValue in interface Map
Parameters:
value - value whose presence in this map is to be tested.
Returns:
true if this map maps one or more keys to this value.

containsKey

public boolean containsKey(Object key)
Returns true if this map contains a mapping for the specified key.

This implementation iterates over entrySet() searching for an entry with the specified key. If such an entry is found, true is returned. If the iteration terminates without finding such an entry, false is returned. Note that this implementation requires linear time in the size of the map; many implementations will override this method.

Specified by:
containsKey in interface Map
Parameters:
key - key whose presence in this map is to be tested.
Returns:
true if this map contains a mapping for the specified key.
Throws:
ClassCastException - if the specified key is of an inappropriate type for this map.
NullPointerException - key is null and this map does not not permit null keys.

get

public Object get(Object key)
Returns the value to which this map maps the specified key. Returns null if the map contains no mapping for this key. A return value of null does not necessarily indicate that the map contains no mapping for the key; it's also possible that the map explicitly maps the key to null. The containsKey operation may be used to distinguish these two cases.

This implementation iterates over entrySet() searching for an entry with the specified key. If such an entry is found, the entry's value is returned. If the iteration terminates without finding such an entry, null is returned. Note that this implementation requires linear time in the size of the map; many implementations will override this method.

Specified by:
get in interface Map
Parameters:
key - key whose associated value is to be returned.
Returns:
the value to which this map maps the specified key.
Throws:
ClassCastException - if the specified key is of an inappropriate type for this map.
NullPointerException - if the key is null and this map does not not permit null keys.
See Also:
containsKey(Object)

put

public Object put(Object key,
                  Object value)
Associates the specified value with the specified key in this map (optional operation). If the map previously contained a mapping for this key, the old value is replaced.

This implementation always throws an UnsupportedOperationException.

Specified by:
put in interface Map
Parameters:
key - key with which the specified value is to be associated.
value - value to be associated with the specified key.
Returns:
previous value associated with specified key, or null if there was no mapping for key. (A null return can also indicate that the map previously associated null with the specified key, if the implementation supports null values.)
Throws:
UnsupportedOperationException - if the put operation is not supported by this map.
ClassCastException - if the class of the specified key or value prevents it from being stored in this map.
IllegalArgumentException - if some aspect of this key or value * prevents it from being stored in this map.
NullPointerException - this map does not permit null keys or values, and the specified key or value is null.

remove

public Object remove(Object key)
Removes the mapping for this key from this map if present (optional operation).

This implementation iterates over entrySet() searching for an entry with the specified key. If such an entry is found, its value is obtained with its getValue operation, the entry is is removed from the Collection (and the backing map) with the iterator's remove operation, and the saved value is returned. If the iteration terminates without finding such an entry, null is returned. Note that this implementation requires linear time in the size of the map; many implementations will override this method.

Specified by:
remove in interface Map
Parameters:
key - key whose mapping is to be removed from the map.
Returns:
previous value associated with specified key, or null if there was no entry for key. (A null return can also indicate that the map previously associated null with the specified key, if the implementation supports null values.)
Throws:
UnsupportedOperationException - if the remove operation is not supported by this map.

putAll

public void putAll(Map t)
Copies all of the mappings from the specified map to this map (optional operation). These mappings will replace any mappings that this map had for any of the keys currently in the specified map.

This implementation iterates over the specified map's entrySet() collection, and calls this map's put operation once for each entry returned by the iteration.

Specified by:
putAll in interface Map
Parameters:
t - mappings to be stored in this map.
Throws:
UnsupportedOperationException - if the putAll operation is not supported by this map.
ClassCastException - if the class of a key or value in the specified map prevents it from being stored in this map.
IllegalArgumentException - if some aspect of a key or value in the specified map prevents it from being stored in this map.
NullPointerException - this map does not permit null keys or values, and the specified key or value is null.

clear

public void clear()
Removes all mappings from this map (optional operation).

This implementation calls entrySet().clear().

Specified by:
clear in interface Map
Throws:
UnsupportedOperationException - clear is not supported by this map.

keySet

public Set keySet()
Returns a Set view of the keys contained in this map. The Set is backed by the map, so changes to the map are reflected in the Set, and vice-versa. (If the map is modified while an iteration over the Set is in progress, the results of the iteration are undefined.) The Set supports element removal, which removes the corresponding entry from the map, via the Iterator.remove, Set.remove, removeAll retainAll, and clear operations. It does not support the add or addAll operations.

This implementation returns a Set that subclasses AbstractSet. The subclass's iterator method returns a "wrapper object" over this map's entrySet() iterator. The size method delegates to this map's size method and the contains method delegates to this map's containsKey method.

The Set is created the first time this method is called, and returned in response to all subsequent calls. No synchronization is performed, so there is a slight chance that multiple calls to this method will not all return the same Set.

Specified by:
keySet in interface Map
Returns:
a Set view of the keys contained in this map.

values

public Collection values()
Returns a collection view of the values contained in this map. The collection is backed by the map, so changes to the map are reflected in the collection, and vice-versa. (If the map is modified while an iteration over the collection is in progress, the results of the iteration are undefined.) The collection supports element removal, which removes the corresponding entry from the map, via the Iterator.remove, Collection.remove, removeAll, retainAll and clear operations. It does not support the add or addAll operations.

This implementation returns a collection that subclasses abstract collection. The subclass's iterator method returns a "wrapper object" over this map's entrySet() iterator. The size method delegates to this map's size method and the contains method delegates to this map's containsValue method.

The collection is created the first time this method is called, and returned in response to all subsequent calls. No synchronization is performed, so there is a slight chance that multiple calls to this method will not all return the same Collection.

Specified by:
values in interface Map
Returns:
a collection view of the values contained in this map.

entrySet

public abstract Set entrySet()
Returns a set view of the mappings contained in this map. Each element in this set is a Map.Entry. The set is backed by the map, so changes to the map are reflected in the set, and vice-versa. (If the map is modified while an iteration over the set is in progress, the results of the iteration are undefined.) The set supports element removal, which removes the corresponding entry from the map, via the Iterator.remove, Set.remove, removeAll, retainAll and clear operations. It does not support the add or addAll operations.
Specified by:
entrySet in interface Map
Returns:
a set view of the mappings contained in this map.

equals

public boolean equals(Object o)
Compares the specified object with this map for equality. Returns true if the given object is also a map and the two maps represent the same mappings. More formally, two maps t1 and t2 represent the same mappings if t1.keySet().equals(t2.keySet()) and for every key k in t1.keySet(), (t1.get(k)==null ? t2.get(k)==null : t1.get(k).equals(t2.get(k))) . This ensures that the equals method works properly across different implementations of the map interface.

This implementation first checks if the specified object is this map; if so it returns true. Then, it checks if the specified object is a map whose size is identical to the size of this set; if not, it it returns false. If so, it iterates over this map's entrySet collection, and checks that the specified map contains each mapping that this map contains. If the specified map fails to contain such a mapping, false is returned. If the iteration completes, true is returned.

Specified by:
equals in interface Map
Overrides:
equals in class Object
Parameters:
o - object to be compared for equality with this map.
Returns:
true if the specified object is equal to this map.

hashCode

public int hashCode()
Returns the hash code value for this map. The hash code of a map is defined to be the sum of the hash codes of each entry in the map's entrySet() view. This ensures that t1.equals(t2) implies that t1.hashCode()==t2.hashCode() for any two maps t1 and t2, as required by the general contract of Object.hashCode.

This implementation iterates over entrySet(), calling hashCode on each element (entry) in the Collection, and adding up the results.

Specified by:
hashCode in interface Map
Overrides:
hashCode in class Object
Returns:
the hash code value for this map.
See Also:
Map.Entry.hashCode(), Object.hashCode(), Object.equals(Object), Set.equals(Object)

toString

public String toString()
Returns a string representation of this map. The string representation consists of a list of key-value mappings in the order returned by the map's entrySet view's iterator, enclosed in braces ("{}"). Adjacent mappings are separated by the characters ", " (comma and space). Each key-value mapping is rendered as the key followed by an equals sign ("=") followed by the associated value. Keys and values are converted to strings as by String.valueOf(Object).

This implementation creates an empty string buffer, appends a left brace, and iterates over the map's entrySet view, appending the string representation of each map.entry in turn. After appending each entry except the last, the string ", " is appended. Finally a right brace is appended. A string is obtained from the stringbuffer, and returned.

Overrides:
toString in class Object
Returns:
a String representation of this map.

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Std. Ed. v1.3.1

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