loops loops - 1 month ago 8
Java Question

Check if a value exists in ArrayList

How can I can check if a value that is written in scanner exists in an ArrayList?

List<CurrentAccount> lista = new ArrayList<CurrentAccount>();

CurrentAccount conta1 = new CurrentAccount("Alberto Carlos", 1052);
CurrentAccount conta2 = new CurrentAccount("Pedro Fonseca", 30);
CurrentAccount conta3 = new CurrentAccount("Ricardo Vitor", 1534);
CurrentAccount conta4 = new CurrentAccount("João Lopes", 3135);

lista.add(conta1);
lista.add(conta2);
lista.add(conta3);
lista.add(conta4);

Collections.sort(lista);

System.out.printf("Bank Accounts:" + "%n");
Iterator<CurrentAccount> itr = lista.iterator();
while (itr.hasNext()) {
CurrentAccount element = itr.next();
System.out.printf(element + " " + "%n");
}
System.out.println();

Answer

Just use ArrayList.contains(desiredElement). For example, if you're looking for the conta1 account from your example, you could use something like:

if (lista.contains(conta1)) {
    System.out.println("Account found");
} else {
    System.out.println("Account not found");
}

Edit: Note that in order for this to work, you will need to properly override the equals() and hashCode() methods. If you are using Eclipse IDE, then you can have these methods generated by first opening the source file for your CurrentAccount object and the selecting Source > Generate hashCode() and equals()...

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