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From "ASF GitHub Bot (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LANG-1402) ArrayUtils should have null and index-safe get methods.
Date Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:01:00 GMT

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ASF GitHub Bot commented on LANG-1402:
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Github user sebbASF commented on a diff in the pull request:

    https://github.com/apache/commons-lang/pull/336#discussion_r200857105
  
    --- Diff: src/main/java/org/apache/commons/lang3/ArrayUtils.java ---
    @@ -8672,4 +8672,53 @@ public static void shuffle(final double[] array, final Random random)
{
                 swap(array, i - 1, random.nextInt(i), 1);
             }
         }
    +
    +    /**
    +     * Gets an element from the array if the array is non-null and appropriately long,
otherwise returns null
    +     * @param <T> the component type of the array
    +     * @param array   the array holding the desired element
    +     * @param index  the index of the element in the array
    +     * @return The element in the array at the index, or null if it is ill-formatted
    --- End diff --
    
    What does ill-formatted mean?
    Can also return null if the array element is present and null.
    
    I don't think this method is sufficiently useful to be worth adding


> ArrayUtils should have null and index-safe get methods.
> -------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LANG-1402
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LANG-1402
>             Project: Commons Lang
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: General
>            Reporter: Mark Dacek
>            Priority: Minor
>   Original Estimate: 24h
>  Remaining Estimate: 24h
>
> There should be a safe way to retrieve a value from array without having to check for
null and length. It would be a very simple implementation but could save developers a great
deal of time in writing and testing.
>  
> Something like 
>  
> {code:java}
> String[] a = null;
> ArrayUtils.get(a, 5); //returns null
> a = new String[5];
> ArrayUtils.get(a, 10); // returns null
>  
> a[0] = "Hello World";
> ArrayUtils.get(a, 0); // returns "Hello World"
> {code}
>  
>  We could handle a few other cases - a default return value. The tricky/annoying thing
is the need to cast everything in order to make this 



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