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Commons Collections example source code file (OrderedMap.java)

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iterablemap, iterablemap, object, object, orderedmap, orderedmap, orderedmapiterator, orderedmapiterator

The Commons Collections OrderedMap.java source code

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package org.apache.commons.collections;

/**
 * Defines a map that maintains order and allows both forward and backward
 * iteration through that order.
 * 
 * @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 OrderedMap extends IterableMap {
    
    /**
     * Obtains an <code>OrderedMapIterator over the map.
     * <p>
     * A ordered map iterator is an efficient way of iterating over maps
     * in both directions.
     * <pre>
     * BidiMap map = new TreeBidiMap();
     * MapIterator it = map.mapIterator();
     * while (it.hasNext()) {
     *   Object key = it.next();
     *   Object value = it.getValue();
     *   it.setValue("newValue");
     *   Object previousKey = it.previous();
     * }
     * </pre>
     * 
     * @return a map iterator
     */
    OrderedMapIterator orderedMapIterator();
    
    /**
     * Gets the first key currently in this map.
     *
     * @return the first key currently in this map
     * @throws java.util.NoSuchElementException if this map is empty
     */
    public Object firstKey();

    /**
     * Gets the last key currently in this map.
     *
     * @return the last key currently in this map
     * @throws java.util.NoSuchElementException if this map is empty
     */
    public Object lastKey();
    
    /**
     * Gets the next key after the one specified.
     *
     * @param key  the key to search for next from
     * @return the next key, null if no match or at end
     */
    public Object nextKey(Object key);

    /**
     * Gets the previous key before the one specified.
     *
     * @param key  the key to search for previous from
     * @return the previous key, null if no match or at start
     */
    public Object previousKey(Object key);
    
}

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