kostja kostja - 2 years ago 90
Java Question

How to swap keys and values in a Map elegantly

I already know how to do it the hard way and got it working - iterating over entries and swapping "manually". But i wonder if, like so many tasks, this one can be solved in a more elegant way.

I have read this post, unfortunately it does not feature elegant solutions. I also have no possibility to use any fancy Guava BiMaps or anything outside the jdk (project stack is already defined).

I can assume that my map is bijective, btw :)

Answer Source

The standard API / Java runtime doesn't offer a bi-directional map, so the only solution is to iterate over all entries and swap them manually.

What you can do is create a wrapper class which contains two maps and which does a dual put() internally so you have fast two views on the data.

[EDIT] Also, thanks to open source, you don't have to include a third party library, you can simply copy the classes you need into your own project.

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