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From "Arun Thomas" <>
Subject RE: [collections] New Collection
Date Fri, 12 Sep 2003 16:04:23 GMT
You might want to take a look at org.apache.commons.collections.SequencedHashMap which combines,
for the most part, the functions of list and map (insertElementAt()) is not available - how
does one insert a key, when the value should be at a specific position?  

The transactional support is definitely not there, but this might give you a better starting
point for what you desire.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Oxley, David [] 
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 8:07 AM
To: ''
Subject: [collections] New Collection

Our application has just changed from requiring JDK 1.1 to JDK 1.3 as a minimum. As a result
we are looking at switching our implementation of using Hashtable and Vector to using collections.

I am going to write a new collection that gives the functionality we require and once I've
finished I want to donate it to commons-collections. I would like some comments on where to
start (especially as I don't yet know too much about the standard collections API's). The
functionality I require is
this: 1. Keys and values. ala Hashtable. 2. Ordering by value. ala Vector. 3. Indexing by
value. ala Vector's indexOf, elementAt and insertElementAt. 4. Transactions. i.e. Others won't
see changes until commit is called.

I take it there is no implementation that supplies the above. I was initially thinking of
either encapsulating or overriding TreeMap, but I think that would make the indexing part
pretty difficult. But now I think I will just encapsulate or override HashMap.

Any comments would be gratefully received.


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