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From "Niall Pemberton (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LANG-667) Add a Null-safe compare() method to ObjectUtils
Date Fri, 07 Jan 2011 09:48:45 GMT


Niall Pemberton commented on LANG-667:

@Julien - thanks for the suggestion, I'll look at this when I get home

@Paul - Lang is all about adding useful utilities that Java itself doesn't have and theres
alot of *prior art* here of null-safe utilities. Julien's example is a great demonstration
of how this function can be used to simplify code. This feature is not a Comparable implementation
and so breaks no contract. I really don't understand your objection and IMO its a very weak
argument to object on the basis of Comparable's JavaDoc. How would you handle implementing
a compareTo() method where the properties being compared may be null - surely you're not arguing
that Julien's example should fail and throw a NullPointerException if one of the properties
is null?

> Add a Null-safe compare() method to ObjectUtils
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LANG-667
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Lang
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: lang.*
>    Affects Versions: 2.5
>            Reporter: Niall Pemberton
>            Assignee: Niall Pemberton
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.0
> Add a Null-safe compare() method to ObjectUtils

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