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From dmjones500 <>
Subject [GitHub] commons-lang issue #197: ObjectUtils::xorNull added
Date Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:34:02 GMT
Github user dmjones500 commented on the issue:
    @cezarykluczynski Commons Lang solves frequently encountered programming problems by adding
methods that are arguably "missing" from `java.lang`. I'm trying to imagine the sort of problem
this solves.
    You've provided two examples. Looking at them, I'm not sure whether `xorNull` is the best
way to solve them.
    Based on the name of the method, I would have thought this might work:
    private void removeBirthNameIfItEqualsName(ActorTemplate actorTemplate) {
        String name = actorTemplate.getName();
        String birthName = actorTemplate.getBirthName();
        if (birthName == null) {
        if (birthName.equals(name)) {
    In your other example, you could rearrange the conditional statements and remove the need
for your method:
    private LocalDate getIfEqualSkipNulls(LocalDate left, LocalDate right, Page item, boolean
dateOfBirth) {
        if (left == null && right == null) {
            return null;
        } else if (left != null && right != null) {
            if (left.equals(right)) {
                return left;
            } else {
                String dateType = dateOfBirth ? "birth" : "death";
                        "Date of {} {} from for PageToLifeRangeProcessor does not equal date
of {} {} from "
                                + "ActorTemplateToLifeRangeProcessor for {} - setting date
to null",
                        dateType, left, dateType, right, item.getTitle());
                return null;
        } else {
            return ObjectUtils.firstNonNull(left, right);

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