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How to convert list to array in Java and vice-versa

There is no easy way to convert an array to list in Java, but you can easily convert a list into array by calling toArray() method, which List inherit from Collection interface. If you solely rely on core JDK, then only way to convert an array to list is looping over array and populating list one element at a time. But if you can use open source libraries like Google Guava or Apache Commons lang then there is many utility classes to convert list to array and vice-versa, as shown in this tutorial. If you are working on Java application, you will often need to convert between list and array. A list is nothing but a dynamic array which knows how to re-size itself when it gets full or get close to full. List uses load factor to decide when to re-size, default value of its is 0.75. When they re-size, list usually double their slots e.g. goes from 16 to 32 etc. You can find these nifty details in their implementation classes e.g. ArrayList is one of the popular list in Java which provides order and random access. BTW, if you want to truly master Java Collection framework, then you must read Java Generics and Collection book, written by Maurice Naftaline and one of the must read book to become expert on Java Collections framework.

How to randomize elements in List in Java using shuffle method

java.util.Collections class provides shuffle() method which can be used to randomize object stored in a List in Java. Since List is an ordered collection and maintains the order on which objects are inserted into it, you may need to randomize elements if you need them in a different order. Collections.shuffle() method uses default randomness to randomize element but you also have an overloaded version of shuffle() to provide an instance of  java.util.Random object, which can be used to randomize elements. Since this method except a List, you can also pass it to LinkedList, VectorCopyOnWriteArrayList and others, which doesn't implement RandomAccess method. In such cases, this method convert list to array before shuffling to avoid quadratic performance by shuffling sequential access list. Once shuffling is done it also converts back array to list. Shuffling has many usage e.g. shuffling deck of cards in a poker game simulation. You can also use shuffling to roll dice if you are developing any board game which requires dice e.g. Ludo.

2 ways to parse String to int in Java

Java provides Integer.parseInt() method to parse a String to an int value, but that's not the only way to convert a numeric String to int in Java. There is, in fact, a better way, which takes advantage of the parsing logic of parseInt() method as well as caching offered by Flyweight design pattern, which makes it more efficient and useful. Yes, you guessed it right, I am talking about Integer.valueOf() method, which implements Flyweight design pattern and maintains a cached pool of frequently used int values e.g. from -128 to 127. So every time you pass a numeric String which is in the range of -128 to 127, Integer.valueOf() doesn't create a new Integer object but return the same value from cached pool. The only drawback is that Integer.valueOf() returns an Integer object and not an int primitive value like parseInt() method, but given auto-boxing is available in Java from JDK 5 onward, which automatically convert an Integer object to int value in Java.

Difference between Public, Private and Protected modifier in Java?

In Java, you have got something called access modifier, which specifies accessibility of class, methods and variables. There is four access modifier in Java namely public, private, protected and the default access modifier, also known as package level modifier. The difference between these access modifier comes in their ability to restrict access to a class, method or variables, public is the least restrictive access modifier while private is the most restrictive access modifier, package and protected lies in between. Another key difference between public, protected, package and private modifier come from the point where you can apply them, for example, you cannot use private or protected modifier with a top level class but you can use public modifier there.

How to reverse Integer in Java - LeetCode Solution

LeetCode has a problem to reverse digits of an integer number without using any library method like reverse() method of StringBuffer. In LeetCode, you can solve this problem with many different languages e.g. Java, C, C++, C#, Python, Ruby and even JavaScript. BTW, in the article, we will learn how to solve this problem in Java. Before approaching solution let's first read the problem statement :

Reverse digits of an integer.

Example 1: x = 123, return 321
Example 2: x = -123, return -321

The problem looks simple but it's not simple there are many things you need to consider in order to produce a solution which is accepted by LeetCode, which has thousands of test cases to test your solution.

19 Java Method Overloading and Overriding Interview Questions and Answers

Method overloading and overriding is one of the tricky concept to master and that's why its one of the most popular topic in Java Interviews. You will often see questions like what is difference between overloading and overriding? or can you overload method in same class? during first few rounds of interview, mostly at telephonic round. Since its part of object oriented fundamentals its also good to know as much about these concepts as possible. In this article, I am sharing some of the basic but frequently asked questions which are solely based upon overloading and overriding concept and their implementation in Java programming language. By going through these questions, You will not only do well on interviews but also it will improve your understanding of Java and OOP fundamentals. BTW, if you are seriously preparing for Java interviews, just preparing this topic will not be enough and you need to prepare other important topics as well e.g. Java Collection framework, multi-threading, JVM internals and garbage collections etc. If you are in hurry, I would suggest you to take a look at Java Programming Interview Exposed by Wrox publication, one of the better book on Java interviews.

Caused By: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/log4j/Logger in Java

Problem : You are getting Caused By: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/log4j/Logger error in your Java application, which is using Log4j Logger either directly or indirectly via some popular Java framework like Spring, Struts or Hibernate.

How to swap two Integers without using temporary variable in Java?

One of the oldest trick question from programming interview is, How do you swap two integers without using temp variable? This was first asked to me on a C, C++ interview and then several times on various Java interviews. Beauty of this question lies both on trick to think about how you can swap two numbers with out third variable, but also problems associated with each approach. If a programmer can think about integer overflow and consider that in its solution then it creates a very good impression in the eye of interviewers. Ok, so let's come to the point, suppose you have tow integers i = 10 and j = 20, how will you swap them without using any variable so that j = 10 and i = 20? Though this is journal problem and solution work more or less in every other programming language, you need to do this using Java programming constructs. You can swap numbers by performing some mathematical operations e.g. addition and subtraction and multiplication and division, but they face problem of integer overflow.

How to load data from CSV file in Java - Example

You can load data from a CSV file in Java program by using BufferedReader class from java.io package. You can read the file line by line and convert each line into an object representing that data. Actually there are couple of ways to read or parse CSV file in Java e.g. you can use a third party library like Apache commons CSV or you can use Scanner class, but in this example we will use traditional way of loading CSV file using BufferedReader.

How to fix java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory

Problem : You are getting java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory in your Java program, which uses logging framework to log messages into log file.  It could be direct dependency or indirect dependency due to any framework e.g. Spring, Hibernate or any open source library like jackson or any other JSON parsing library.