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From "Stephen Colebourne" <>
Subject Re: [collections] Classes that decorate collections with References?
Date Thu, 23 Dec 2004 09:04:42 GMT
I am unsure as to the use case for a ReferenceList/ReferenceSet. We already 
have ReferenceMap, which is very useful for building caches, but why would 
you need a List/Set? How would they operate?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bastian Helfert" <>
> If wished and/or needed, I would like to contribute by writing some 
> classes that decorate Collections, Lists, Maps and/or Sets with 
> Soft-/WeakReferences. These Decorators shall make the Reference handling 
> transparent to the user. Besides having 
> and 
> java.util.WeakHashMap, I could imagine that having i.e. Lists that contain 
> WeakReferences to listener objects would be useful. What do you think?
> Bastian
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