[Java Tips] Add Array into a List and convert a List into an Array

Java array to list to array conversions with inbuilt features.

With Java, putting contents of an Array into a new List object or adding into an existing List object can be achieved easily using a for() loop; just by going through each and every element in array and adding to List one at a time. But that is not needed. Java has provided a method to achieve that easily; just with one method call. Following code snippet shows how.
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Arrays;

String[] array = {"one", "two", "three"};
List newListObject = Arrays.asList(array);

//adding to existing List
String[] newArray = {"four", "five"};

List all = new ArrayList();

Also creating a new Array object using an existing List object can be done using another for() loop; by creating a new Array object with a size matching to list size and adding each on at a time. But for this requirement, there are a set of methods.
List list = new ArrayList();

Object[] array1 = list.toArray(); //1
String[] array2 = (String[])list.toArray(new String[0]); //2

String[] array3 = new String[2];
list.toArray(array3); //3

With Line #1, returned array is of Object type, while #2 returns a new array object of String type.
Line #3 uses the same method used in #2, but in this case we have provided an array object with the same size as the list. Because of that in line #3, the provided array object is populated with list elements.



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[Java Tips] Add Array into a List and convert a List into an Array
Java array to list to array conversions with inbuilt features.
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