Collectors.minBy/maxBy behavior for null value
forax at univ-mlv.fr
Tue Feb 23 20:14:39 UTC 2016
I agree with Peter,
nulls in stream are tolerated for backward compatibility with existing code,
null is not something that should trigger a specific behavior apart a NPE.
----- Mail original -----
> De: "Peter Levart" <peter.levart at gmail.com>
> À: "Tagir Valeev" <amaembo at gmail.com>, "core-libs-dev" <core-libs-dev at openjdk.java.net>
> Envoyé: Lundi 22 Février 2016 16:09:45
> Objet: Re: Collectors.minBy/maxBy behavior for null value
> On 02/22/2016 11:06 AM, Tagir Valeev wrote:
> > Hello!
> > Consider the following code:
> > Comparator<String> cmp = Comparator.nullsFirst(Comparator.naturalOrder());
> > System.out.println(Stream.of("a", "b",
> > null).collect(Collectors.minBy(cmp)));
> > It prints Optional.empty, so the result is indistinguishable from empty
> > Stream (siimlar for maxBy). This behavior is not consistent with
> > Stream.findFirst() (which throws NPE if the resulting element is null).
> > Currently minBy spec says:
> > This produces a result equivalent to:
> > reducing(BinaryOperator.minBy(comparator))
> > However reducing spec says nothing what will occur if the result of
> > reduction is null. To my opinion at very least the spec of reducing should
> > be updated to specify the behavior when reducing result is null. It
> > probably would also be nice to add a note into minBy/maxBy spec about this.
> > What do you think?
> My personal opinion is that it would be better to throw NPE in this case
> (like with findFirst()). Silently converting null element to
> Optional.empty() is probably not the desired behavior and I doubt anyone
> is exploiting this implementation detail in such way.
> Regards, Peter
> > With best regards,
> > Tagir Valeev.
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