slimbo slimbo - 2 months ago 26
Python Question

Java Equivalent to Python Dictionaries

I am a long time user of Python and really like the way that the dictionaries are used. They are very intuitive and easy to use. Is there a good Java equivalent to python's dictionaries? I have heard of people using hashmaps and hashtables. Could someone explain the similarities and differences of using hashtables and hashmaps versus python's dictionaries?

Answer

Python's dict class is an implementation of what the Python documentation informally calls "mapping types". Internally, dict is implemented using a hashtable.

Java's HashMap class is an implementation of the Map interface. Internally, HashMap is implemented using a hashtable.

There are a few minor differences in syntax, and I believe the implementations are tuned slightly differently, but overall they are completely interchangeable.