Thursday, February 10, 2005

The one-line urge

Sometimes the one-line urge gets the best of me:

someMethodCall(new ArrayList<String>(2) {

Yes! It is the infamous anonymous instance initializer block. I suppose it would not have killed me to type instead:

final List<String> listy = new ArrayList<String>(2);

But the one-liner was so much more fun to format with my editor. This is what pair programming is good for, to stop non-sense like that. When you have a peer watching you type, you are too embarrassed to commit unmaintainable code into the codebase.

UPDATE: Looking of the documentation for java.util.Arrays.asList(T... a) made me realize an even easier way to get the one-liner, and a maintainble one at that:

someMethodCall(Arrays.asList("foo", "bar"));

How slick!

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