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From "Henri Biestro (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (JEXL-228) Ability to read j.u.Collection elements other than instanceof j.u.List by using [] and . operator
Date Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:28:00 GMT


Henri Biestro commented on JEXL-228:

There should be a way to preserve standard behavior by creating a new ResolverStrategy &

> Ability to read j.u.Collection elements other than instanceof j.u.List by using [] and
. operator
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: JEXL-228
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons JEXL
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 3.1
>            Reporter: Dmitri Blinov
>            Priority: Minor
> In the current implementation of Jexl there is a possibility to address in a script the
specific elements of {{List}} and {{Array}} by using operators {{[]}} or {{.}}, whereas its
not that simple for descendants of {{Set}} or any other {{Collection}} descendant, as there
is no such an operator for them out of the box. But in practice this is not so uncommon task
for a script writer to get, for example, the first element of the LinkedHashSet, which is
supposed to maintain the logical order of its elements, but unfortunately does not implement
{{List}} interface for us to be able to address its elements in that order. I believe such
a basic functionality - deserves to be available for script witers from the start.
> I have been experimenting with overloading access operators in customized JexlArithmetic
for a while and have managed to overload operators {{[]}} and {{.}} so that they could be
used not only for {{List}} interfaces but for other {{Collection}} types as well:
> {code}
>     protected Object nth(Collection c, int i) {
>        if (c instanceof List) {
>          List list = (List) c;
>          return list.get(i);
>        } else {
>          for (Object o : c) {
>             if (i-- == 0)
>               return o;
>          }
>        }
>        return null;
>     }
>     public Object propertyGet(Collection c, Number n) {
>        return nth(c, n.intValue());
>     }
>     public Object arrayGet(Collection c, Number n) {
>        return nth(c, n.intValue());
>     }
> {code}
> But I'm not satisfied with the fact that I have disabled alltogether the initial Jexl
implementation of access operators for {{LIst}} types.
> The suggestion is to add the ability for Jexl scripts to read, not manipulate, elements
of any {{Collection}} type. 
> BTW, I have found that for {{List}} elements this solution is roughly 50% faster compared
with that of built-in Jexl List access implementation, so may be there should be a place for
a performance improvement in a way Jexl itself accesses list elements.

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