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Commons IO example source code file (ReverseComparator.java)

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abstractfilecomparator, comparator, comparator, delegate, file, file, illegalargumentexception, io, override, reversecomparator, reversecomparator, serializable, serializable, string, util

The Commons IO ReverseComparator.java source code

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package org.apache.commons.io.comparator;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.Serializable;
import java.util.Comparator;

 * Reverses the result of comparing two objects using
 * the delegate {@link Comparator}.
 * @version $Revision: 1021884 $ $Date: 2010-10-12 19:49:16 +0100 (Tue, 12 Oct 2010) $
 * @since Commons IO 1.4
class ReverseComparator extends AbstractFileComparator implements Serializable {

    private final Comparator<File> delegate;

     * Construct an instance with the sepecified delegate {@link Comparator}.
     * @param delegate The comparator to delegate to
    public ReverseComparator(Comparator<File> delegate) {
        if (delegate == null) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException("Delegate comparator is missing");
        this.delegate = delegate;

     * Compare using the delegate Comparator, but reversing the result.
     * @param file1 The first file to compare
     * @param file2 The second file to compare
     * @return the result from the delegate {@link Comparator#compare(Object, Object)}
     * reversing the value (i.e. positive becomes negative and vice versa)
    public int compare(File file1, File file2) {
        return delegate.compare(file2, file1); // parameters switched round

     * String representation of this file comparator.
     * @return String representation of this file comparator
    public String toString() {
        return super.toString() + "[" + delegate.toString() + "]";


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