Class LazyIteratorChain<E>

Type Parameters:
E - the type of elements in this iterator.
All Implemented Interfaces:

public abstract class LazyIteratorChain<E> extends Object implements Iterator<E>
An LazyIteratorChain is an Iterator that wraps a number of Iterators in a lazy manner.

This class makes multiple iterators look like one to the caller. When any method from the Iterator interface is called, the LazyIteratorChain will delegate to a single underlying Iterator. The LazyIteratorChain will invoke the Iterators in sequence until all Iterators are exhausted.

The Iterators are provided by nextIterator(int) which has to be overridden by subclasses and allows to lazily create the Iterators as they are accessed:

 return new LazyIteratorChain<String>() {
     protected Iterator<String> nextIterator(int count) {
         return count == 1 ? Arrays.asList("foo", "bar").iterator() : null;

Once the inner Iterator's Iterator.hasNext() method returns false, nextIterator(int) will be called to obtain another iterator, and so on until nextIterator(int) returns null, indicating that the chain is exhausted.

NOTE: The LazyIteratorChain may contain no iterators. In this case the class will function as an empty iterator.

  • Constructor Details

  • Method Details

    • hasNext

      public boolean hasNext()
      Return true if any Iterator in the chain has a remaining element.
      Specified by:
      hasNext in interface Iterator<E>
      true if elements remain
    • next

      public E next()
      Returns the next element of the current Iterator
      Specified by:
      next in interface Iterator<E>
      element from the current Iterator
      NoSuchElementException - if all the Iterators are exhausted
    • nextIterator

      protected abstract Iterator<? extends E> nextIterator(int count)
      Gets the next iterator after the previous one has been exhausted.

      This method MUST return null when there are no more iterators.

      count - the number of time this method has been called (starts with 1)
      the next iterator, or null if there are no more.
    • remove

      public void remove()
      Removes from the underlying collection the last element returned by the Iterator.

      As with next() and hasNext(), this method calls remove() on the underlying Iterator. Therefore, this method may throw an UnsupportedOperationException if the underlying Iterator does not support this method.

      Specified by:
      remove in interface Iterator<E>
      UnsupportedOperationException - if the remove operator is not supported by the underlying Iterator
      IllegalStateException - if the next method has not yet been called, or the remove method has already been called after the last call to the next method.