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Registered: ‎10-05-2010
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BigVector firstIndexOf

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Need a little help here. I am storing Strings in BigVector because I needed the functions provided i.e. firstIndexOf, binarySearch etc.

Now, I should have probably done a small sample program before going ahead with actually implementing it.

But, turns out, I wasnt thinking right then.

So, currently i find I'm unable to see results as per my inference i.e. firstIndexOf function returning -1 incase the String doesnt exist in the BigVector.

Sample program below:

BigVector vcVals= new BigVector();
vcVals.addElement(new String("ABC"));
vcVals.addElement(new String("ABC1"));
vcVals.addElement(new String("ABC2"));
vcVals.addElement(new String("ABC3"));
//Not adding ABC4		
vcVals.addElement(new String("ABC5"));
vcVals.addElement(new String("ABC6"));

System.out.println("ABC3 find int value = "+vcVals.firstIndexOf("ABC3"));
System.out.println("ABC4 find int value = "+vcVals.firstIndexOf("ABC4"));


 I was expecting

ABC3 find int value = 3

ABC4 find int value = -1

But I get

ABC3 find int value = -1

ABC4 find int value = -1


I'm sure the problem lies with my inference of how this function would work. Can someone help me out as I want to avoid the "equals" operation which is expensive.


JDE version- 5.0


Excerpt for firstIndexOf


public int firstIndexOf(Object value)

Finds first instance of value in list.

Note: this method does not use Object.equals(java.lang.Object) for comparison, since that would be too expensive. This method is still expensive, though, and you should use it carefully and sparingly.

Parameters: value- Value to search for. Returns: Index of first instance of your value, or -1 if the value does not exist in this vector.

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Registered: ‎05-04-2011
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Re: BigVector firstIndexOf

My guess is that the problem is caused by the "new String("...");" usage.


Try using the getIndex method.


You would have to implement your own String comparator but that rather simple since you can use the String.compareTo function.



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Re: BigVector firstIndexOf

"ABC" already creates a String object, using new String in addition is one object too much in any case.
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