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Commons Collections example source code file (IterableMap.java)

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The Commons Collections IterableMap.java source code

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package org.apache.commons.collections;

import java.util.Map;

/**
 * Defines a map that can be iterated directly without needing to create an entry set.
 * <p>
 * A map iterator is an efficient way of iterating over maps.
 * There is no need to access the entry set or cast to Map Entry objects.
 * <pre>
 * IterableMap map = new HashedMap();
 * MapIterator it = map.mapIterator();
 * while (it.hasNext()) {
 *   Object key = it.next();
 *   Object value = it.getValue();
 *   it.setValue("newValue");
 * }
 * </pre>
 * 
 * @since Commons Collections 3.0
 * @version $Revision: 646777 $ $Date: 2008-04-10 13:33:15 +0100 (Thu, 10 Apr 2008) $
 *
 * @author Stephen Colebourne
 */
public interface IterableMap extends Map {

    /**
     * Obtains a <code>MapIterator over the map.
     * <p>
     * A map iterator is an efficient way of iterating over maps.
     * There is no need to access the entry set or cast to Map Entry objects.
     * <pre>
     * IterableMap map = new HashedMap();
     * MapIterator it = map.mapIterator();
     * while (it.hasNext()) {
     *   Object key = it.next();
     *   Object value = it.getValue();
     *   it.setValue("newValue");
     * }
     * </pre>
     * 
     * @return a map iterator
     */
    MapIterator mapIterator();
    
}

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