I'm sure there's a good reason, but could someone please explain why the
, or any similar
It seems that sets are great for putting things into, but I can't find an elegant way of retrieving a single item from it.
If I know I want the first item, I can use
, but otherwise it seems I have to cast to an Array to retrieve an item at a specific index?
What are the appropriate ways of retrieving data from a set? (other than using an iterator)
I'm sure the fact that it's excluded from the API means there's a good reason for not doing this -- could someone please enlighten me?
Some extremely great answers here, and a few saying "more context". The specific scenario was a dbUnit test, where I could reasonably assert that the returned set from a query had only 1 item, and I was trying to access that item.
However, the question is more valid without the scenario, as it remains more focussed:
What's the difference between set and list
Thanks to all for the fantastic answers below.