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From "Joerg Schaible (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (LANG-576) Add methods for cloneables to ObjectUtils
Date Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:02:29 GMT

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Joerg Schaible updated LANG-576:
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    Attachment: Cloneable.diff

> Add methods for cloneables to ObjectUtils
> -----------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LANG-576
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LANG-576
>             Project: Commons Lang
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: lang.*
>            Reporter: Joerg Schaible
>            Assignee: Joerg Schaible
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.0
>
>         Attachments: Cloneable.diff
>
>
> Object.clone is declared protected, which makes it impossible to write code like:
> {code:java}
> if (obj instanceof Cloneable) {
>   Object clone = obj.clone();
>   ...
> }
> {code}
> Following two methods will help in such a situation:
> {code:java}
>     /**
>      * Clone an object.
>      * 
>      * @param <T> the type of the object
>      * @param o the object to clone
>      * @return the clone if the object implements {@link Cloneable} otherwise <code>null</code>
>      * @throws CloneFailedException if the object is cloneable and the clone operation
fails
>      * @since 3.0
>      */
>     public static <T> T clone(final T o) {
>         if (o instanceof Cloneable) {
>             try {
>                 final Method clone = o.getClass().getMethod("clone", (Class[])null);
>                 @SuppressWarnings("unchecked")
>                 final T result = (T)clone.invoke(o, (Object[])null);
>                 return result;
>             } catch (final NoSuchMethodException e) {
>                 throw new CloneFailedException("Cloneable type has no clone method",
e);
>             } catch (final IllegalAccessException e) {
>                 throw new CloneFailedException("Cannot clone Cloneable type", e);
>             } catch (final InvocationTargetException e) {
>                 throw new CloneFailedException("Exception cloning Cloneable type", e.getCause());
>             }
>         }
>         return null;
>     }
>     /**
>      * Clone an object if possible.
>      * 
>      * @param <T> the type of the object
>      * @param o the object to clone
>      * @return the clone if the object implements {@link Cloneable} otherwise the object
itself
>      * @throws CloneFailedException if the object is cloneable and the clone operation
fails
>      * @since 3.0
>      */
>     public static <T> T cloneIfPossible(final T o) {
>         final T clone = clone(o);
>         return clone == null ? o : clone;
>     }
> {code}
> Comments? Note, that the code currently introduces also a new CloneFailedException. Use
another existing one?
> Unit tests will be provided also.

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