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Soprano ofNullable stream Java Challenge

July 05, 2021

Since Java 9, it’s possible to use Optional with a stream when we need to manipulate values from a List.

In this Java Challenge, we will explore the use of a stream in an Optional!

Are you ready to solve this Java Challenge? It's time to improve your Java skills with this Soprano ofNullable stream Challenge...

Soprano ofNullable filter Challenge

What will happen after the main method is executed as follows?

import java.util.List;

public class OfNullableChallenger {

    public static void main(String... args) {
        Soprano soprano = null;

        .filter(s -> s.guns.get(0) == null)
        .forEach(s -> System.out.println(s.guns.size()));

    static class Soprano {
        List<String> guns;

        public Soprano(List<String> guns) {
            this.guns = guns;

A) 0
B) The output will be empty
C) java.lang.NullPointerException will be thrown
D) null


Let's analyze the code:


Note that we are using the ofNullable method from Java 9. With this method, it's possible to avoid a NullPointerException in case a null object is passed.

Now let's analyse the method implementation from ofNullable:

public static Stream ofNullable(T t) {
       return t == null ? Stream.empty() :
                                    new Streams.StreamBuilderImpl<>(t), false);

If the object is null, a Stream.empty() will be returned, with that a NullPointerException will be avoided as mentioned before, therefore, the output will be empty. The Stream pipeline won't even continue after that.

But if we were using the method Stream.of(), like this for example:

        .filter(s -> s.guns.get(0) == null)
        .forEach(s -> System.out.println(s.guns.size()));

...we would have a NullPointerException since the Stream.of method doesn't handle null objects.

If you want to watch the FULL video explanation, check this out: (Before, try out the Java Challenge on your own)

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