How to sort data that’s in a Java HashMap (using a TreeMap)

Here’s a brief example of how to sort data that’s already in a Java HashMap. First, some HashMap data:

import java.util.*;

Map<Integer, Float> playMap = new HashMap<Integer, Float>() {{
    put(10,  1f);
    put(12,  2f);
    put(15,  4f);
    put(18,  6f);
    put(20,  6f);
    put(25,  7f);
    put(30,  6f);
    put(35,  5f);
    put(40,  5f);

A HashMap won’t keep that data in sorted order, so if you want your data sorted, one way to sort it is to add the elements to a Java TreeMap:

A Java JFreeChart x/y plot/chart/graph example

In an effort to share some source code (but without taking the time to explain it), here’s some Java source code that I just used to create a JFreeChart chart/graph of some data that I use in my Android football game:

How to convert a Java Map to a Scala Map using JavaConverters

Here’s a quick look at how to convert a Java Map (such as HashMap) to a Scala Map using the JavaConverters object:

// import what you need
import java.util._
import scala.collection.JavaConverters._

// create and populate a java map
val jMap = new HashMap[String, String]()
jMap.put("first_name", "Alvin")
jMap.put("last_name",  "Alexander")

// convert the java map to a scala map
val sMap = jMap.asScala

How to iterate (loop) over the elements in a Map in Java 8

If you need to iterate over the elements in a Map in Java 8, this source code shows how to do it:

Map<String, String> map = new HashMap<String, String>();
map.put("first_name", "Alvin");
map.put("last_name",  "Alexander");

// java 8
map.forEach((k,v)->System.out.println("key: " + k + ", value: " + v));

A Java tuple class (Tuple2 or Pair, if you prefer)

After working with Scala for a long time, I had to come back to Java for a while to work on an Android app. Right away I missed a lot of things from the Scala world, including all of the built-in Scala collection methods, and other things as simple as the Scala Tuple classes.

If you haven’t used them before, a Scala Tuple class lets you write code like this:

Tuple<String, Integer> t = new Tuple<>("age", 41);

If you’re comfortable with generics, the Java implementation of a Tuple class like this is simple:

How to convert between Scala and Java maps

Scala/Java integration problem: You need to share a Scala map with a Java method, or access a Java map in Scala code.


To use a Java map in Scala code, import the mapAsScalaMap method from Scala’s JavaConversions package, and perform the conversion.

Simply trying to use a Java HashMap with something like a Scala for loop won’t work. To demonstrate this, first create a simple Java HashMap:

Java file open, read, and write utilities

Java file utilities FAQ: Do you have any Java file utilities you can share?

As I was working on another Java/Swing application this weekend, I ran across my "Java file utilities" class, and I thought I'd share that class here today. It's nothing too major, but it does include Java methods that let you open, read, write, and copy files using Java.

A Java WeakHashMap class example

I ran across some Java source code today that I thought I should share. This code demonstrates how to use the Java WeakHashMap class, which can serve as a nice cache some times. I particularly like how this class responds to available memory and the Java garbage collection system.

Let me share the Java source code here first, and then I'll provide a description of how it works: