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From "Stephen Colebourne" <>
Subject Re: [collections] MapUtils.getXxx() return types
Date Mon, 01 Dec 2003 20:44:40 GMT
This is a very old class in [collections] and pre-dates me. I would probably
oppose adding these methods now. However, now that we have them, I would
support having the primitive methods as you propose. I would only add the
full signature version (with default). That way the method name can just be

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ash .." <>
> I am curious to know why MapUtils does not have getters that return
> primitive types. Perhaps there was a discussion on whether it was needed
> not, you could point me to such discussion that took place in the past
> this class was conceived.
> In any case, I think that getters that return primitives could be very
> useful, much more than those that return wrapper objects. Thus, I think we
> could do with methods like:
> MapUtils.getDoubleValue(Map map, Object key [,defaultValue]);
> If the answer to my question is "you can do a MapUtils.getDouble(map,
> key).doubleValue() and so on",
> I would say, having a built-in method enhances the use of this class than
> having a programmer resort to such multiple method call. Of course, the
> internal implementation would do the same, but in the end, client code
> look far neater.
> Let me know,
> Ash
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