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How I learn Java

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Some people call C# a slightly better Java. I am well experienced in C# but Java is a new language to me. I started using Java since August last year, 2023. It's an interesting journey for me to learn Java. In my mental model, the code I want to write exists. It's not C# or Java, yet it's closer to C# as C# is like my native programming language. I think in terms of JavaScript more often these days though. When I work on my projects, I translate the code in my mind into Java. This post is about the translation. It happens instantly sometimes as it's obvious. Sometimes, I have to google or ask LLM to help.

Add null value to a list

Tue. 23/4/2024

.willReturn(Arrays.asList(null, new BigDecimal("0.7"), null, new BigDecimal("0.5")));
  • A typical way of creating a list with a given value is List.of(new BigDecimal("0.7"))
  • List.of() doesn't allow null as argument
  • Use Arrays.asList() if you want to insert a null value

Filter out null values from a list

Tue. 23/4/2024

private <T> Optional<T> getPrediction(List<T> predictions) {
if (predictions == null) {
return Optional.empty();
  • To use lambda function, you call stream() on the collection. Stream in Java is a sequence of elements supporting sequential and parallel aggregate operations. C# doesn't require stream(). All collections support aggregate operations by default.
  • Objects::nonNull is a method reference and used as a predicate in the filter operation
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