Saad Saad - 1 year ago 64
Java Question

Deep copy and returning an instance Java

So i am doing a first year university assignment question and i am going to be honest about it. I just want to make things clear before some of you come down-voting my question. I don't want complete code, i just want some help with a few things.

The question is divided into two parts. The first part is to write a Nucleotide class whose constructor has two properties. A single character called base that has to be either 'a' or 'c' or 'g' or 't' otherwise it should be 'n' and a boolean called degenerate.

My code for this part is here:

class Nucleotide {
private char base;
private boolean degenerate;

public nucleotide(char base, boolean degenerate){
if(base != ‘a’ || base != ‘c’ || base != ‘g’ || base != ’t’){
this.base = ’n’;
} else {
this.base = base;
this.degenerate = degenerate;

The next part of the question says to use the Nucleotide object and create a new Bacteria class. An instance of bacteria consists of a genome (a collection of nucleotides), and a species (a String).

You must create a constructor which accepts a String and a collection, and uses those to
initialize the species and the collection of nucleotides.
My code for this part is here:

class Bacteria {
//private ArrayList<Nucleotide> genome;
private String species;

public Bacteria(String species, ArrayList<Nucleotide> genome) {
genome = new ArrayList<Nucleotide>();
this.species = species;

My problem starts with the next step which asks us to write an instance method that performs deep copy and returns an instance of Bacteria.

public Bacteria binaryFission() {

How can i perform deep copy without serialization and reflection. I hardly know anything about those things.

Again i need pointers or the basic idea of how to go about completing the
method. I have gone through several deep copy questions that are on SO but none of them are relevant to my question so i don't believe that i am asking a duplicate question. I am happy to provide more details though.

Answer Source

This is the way to do it manually

public Bacteria binaryFission() {
    String speciesClone = this.species;
    ArrayList<Nucleotide> genomeClone = new ArrayList<Nucleotide>();
    //now iterate over the existing arraylist and clone each Nucleotide
    for(int index = 0; index < this.genome.size(); index++)
        genomeClone.add(new Nucleotide(
                            genome.get(index).getBase(), //needs to be added to the Nucleotide class to retrieve the base variable
                            genome.get(index).getDegenerate() //needs to be added to be allowed to get its degenerate

    return new Bacteria(speciesClone, genomeClone);

FYI - you'll need to add getters for your Nucleotide class private variables in order for this to work since they are private and Bacteria won't have access to their values without them.

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