ebt ebt - 5 months ago 26
Java Question

Java: how to convert a List<?> to a Map<String,?>

I would like to find a way to take the object specific routine below and abstract it into a method that you can pass a class, list, and fieldname to get back a Map.
If I could get a general pointer on the pattern used or , etc that could get me started in the right direction.

Map<String,Role> mapped_roles = new HashMap<String,Role>();
List<Role> p_roles = (List<Role>) c.list();
for (Role el : p_roles) {
mapped_roles.put(el.getName(), el);

to this? (Pseudo code)

Map<String,?> MapMe(Class clz, Collection list, String methodName)
Map<String,?> map = new HashMap<String,?>();
for (clz el : list) {
map.put(el.methodName(), el);

is it possible?


Here's what I would do. I am not entirely sure if I am handling generics right, but oh well:

public <T> Map<String, T> mapMe(Collection<T> list) {
   Map<String, T> map = new HashMap<String, T>();
   for (T el : list) {
       map.put(el.toString(), el);
   return map;

Just pass a Collection to it, and have your classes implement toString() to return the name. Polymorphism will take care of it.