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Java 8 Method References


Java 8 introduced a new feature called "Method Reference". It is used to refer methods of functional interfaces. They are effectively a subset of lambda expressions, because if a lambda expression can be used, then it might be possible to use a method reference, but not always.

Here is the list of types of Method references and its syntax.

Kind Syntax Example
Reference to a static method Class::staticMethodName String::valueOf
Reference to an instance method object::instanceMethodName x::toString
Reference to a constructor ClassName::new String::new

And here is the way to represent Lambda expression and Method references:

Kind As Method Reference As Lambda
Reference to a static method String::valueOf (s) -> String.valueOf(s)
Reference to an instance method x::toString () -> "java2novice".toString()
Reference to a constructor String::new () -> new String()

We have given examples for each type of method reference here:

Java-8 Method References Examples

  1. Method Reference - Reference to a Static Method example.
  2. Method Reference - Reference to a Instance Method example.
  3. Method Reference - Reference to a Constructor example.
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Interface and its usage
Interface is similar to a class which may contain method's signature only but not bodies and it is a formal set of method and constant declarations that must be defined by the class that implements it. Interfaces are useful for declaring methods that one or more classes are expected to implement, capturing similarities between unrelated classes without forcing a class relationship and determining an object's programming interface without revealing the actual body of the class.
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