Chapter Summary

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The following information was included in this chapter:

  • an overview of the collections framework in the java.util package: core interfaces and their implementations.

  • discussion of the functionality specified by the Collection interface and its role in the collections framework.

  • discussion of sets, how their functionality is defined by the Set interface and implemented by HashSet and LinkedHashSet.

  • discussion of lists, how their functionality is defined by the List interface and implemented by ArrayList, Vector, and LinkedList.

  • discussion of maps, how their functionality is defined by the Map interface and implemented by HashMap, LinkedHashMap, and Hashtable.

  • the role of the Comparator and Comparable interfaces for ordering of elements.

  • discussion of sorted sets and sorted maps, how their functionality is defined by the SortedSet and SortedMap interfaces and implemented by TreeSet and TreeMap.

  • customizing collections for synchronization and data immutability.

  • an overview of utility methods found in the Collections and Arrays class.



     
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