Documentation API of the 'org.clapper.util.misc.SparseArrayList' Java class

Class SparseArrayList<T>

  • All Implemented Interfaces:
    Serializable, Cloneable, Iterable<T>, Collection<T>, List<T>, RandomAccess

    public class SparseArrayList<T>extends ArrayList<T>

    SparseList implements a sparse array. This class is identical to java.util.ArrayList, except that it permits assignment to array indexes that are beyond the current length of the list, using the expected set() and add() methods. The list is extended and null-filled in that case.

    Note that this implementation is not synchronized. If multiple threads access an ArrayList instance concurrently, and at least one of the threads modifies the list structurally, it must be synchronized externally. (A structural modification is any operation that adds or deletes one or more elements, or explicitly resizes the backing array; merely setting the value of an element is not a structural modification.) This is typically accomplished by synchronizing on some object that naturally encapsulates the list. If no such object exists, the list should be wrapped using the Collections.synchronizedList method. This is best done at creation time, to prevent accidental unsynchronized access to the list:

            List list = Collections.synchronizedList(new SparseList()); 

    The iterators returned by this class's iterator and listIterator methods are fail-fast: if list is structurally modified at any time after the iterator is created, in any way except through the iterator's own remove or add methods, the iterator will throw a ConcurrentModificationException. Thus, in the face of concurrent modification, the iterator fails quickly and cleanly, rather than risking arbitrary, non-deterministic behavior at an undetermined time in the future.

    See Also:
    Serialized Form

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