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How to insert a line in between Collections in Java?

Hi,

I got stuck at using Collections to control my arraylist to be displayed in a combo box. I stored all details in a csv file and i am loading everything according to sequence specified in one of the csv column value. Say this is my sample data

a001|mango|1|A
a002|apple|1|A
a003|spinach|2|B
a004|grapes|1|A
a005|carrot|2|B

i need combo box to display
mango
apple
grapes
----------
spinach
carrot

is there a way to include the horizontal dotted line (i use var 'separator' to denote dotted lines) above? The current code use as below
Collections.sort(allList, new Comparator()
{
  public int compare (Object o1, Object o2)
  {	
      boolean ascending = true;
      String row1 = (String)((ArrayList)o1).get(2);
      String row2 = (String)((ArrayList)o2).get(2);
      if (ascending==true)
      {
          int getcompare = row1.compareTo(row2);
          if (getcompare != 0)
          {
              row1.concat(separator);
          }
          return getcompare;	
          //return row1.compareTo(row2);
     }
     else
         return row2.compareTo(row1);
 }
});
						
targetList.add(detailList.get(j).get(1));
Iterator stepper = targetList.iterator();
while (stepper.hasNext())
{
     String current = (String)stepper.next();
     System.out.println(current);
}

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ai_chien
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Gibu GeorgeCTOCommented:
Whats in the detailList, allList etc? Can you put the whole code instead of the snippet?
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Jim CakalicSenior Developer/ArchitectCommented:
Being a fan of the Apache Commons Collections, I would use the CollectionUtils.select method to extract a subcollection that matches a Predicate. In this case you don't need to do any sorting. Assuming you stick with the pipe-separated Strings from the file, it would look something like the code snippet below.

The SequencePredicate class implements the required Predicate interface so that it can be used by the select method. CollectionUtils.select iterates over the input Collection calling the Predicate.evaluate method for each object. If the evaluate method returns true then the object is placed in the output Collection which is returned when the iteration ends.

Now that you have a Collection with all matching objects you can do something with it. This snippet just prints it. Your code will do something clever like add the name field to the ComboBox. Notice that it is easy at this point to add the separator. The code gets objects with a sequence field value that matches "1" and prints them. Then it prints the separator. Then it gets objects with a sequence field value that matches "2" and prints them.

Anyway, that's one way to approach it without sorting. The code gets a little clearer if you actually have a class that represents each line in the file ...
    private static class SequencePredicate implements Predicate {
        private String sequence;
 
        public SequencePredicate(String sequence) {
            this.sequence = sequence;
        }
        public boolean evaluate(Object arg) {
            return ((String) arg).split("\\|")[2].equals(this.sequence);
        }
    }
    
    private void process(List<String> allList) {
        // get and print all Strings with a sequence field of "1"
        print((Collection<String>) CollectionUtils.select(allList, new SequencePredicate("1")));
        // print the separator
        System.out.println(separator);
        // get and print all Strings with a sequence field of "2"
        print((Collection<String>) CollectionUtils.select(allList, new SequencePredicate("2")));
    }
 
    private void print(Collection<String> strings) {
        for (String line : strings) {
            System.out.println(line.split("\\|")[1]);
        }
    }

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Jim CakalicSenior Developer/ArchitectCommented:
Assuming a Fruit class like this the code would look like the snippet below.

class Fruit {
    public String id;
    public String name;
    public String sequence;
    public String alpha;

    public Fruit(String input) {
        String[] parts = input.split("\\|");
        this.id = parts[0];
        this.name = parts[1];
        this.sequence = parts[2];
        this.alpha = parts[3];
    }
}


    private static class SequencePredicate implements Predicate {
        private String sequence;
 
        public SequencePredicate(String sequence) {
            this.sequence = sequence;
        }
        public boolean evaluate(Object arg) {
            return ((Fruit) arg).sequence.equals(this.sequence);
        }
    }
    
    private void process(List<Fruit> allList) {
        // get and print all Strings with a sequence field of "1"
        print((Collection<Fruit>) CollectionUtils.select(allList, new SequencePredicate("1")));
        // print the separator
        System.out.println(separator);
        // get and print all Strings with a sequence field of "2"
        print((Collection<Fruit>) CollectionUtils.select(allList, new SequencePredicate("2")));
    }
 
    private void print(Collection<Fruit> fruits) {
        for (Fruit fruit : fruits) {
            System.out.println(fruit.name);
        }
    }

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Jim CakalicSenior Developer/ArchitectCommented:
Of course, if you really want to do this by sorting then you could do it like this (again assuming a Fruit class as in my previous comment). The code is clearer IMO if you iterate the Collection twice picking out just the objects you want to handle. I'd actually question whether you even need to bother sorting the Collection since the order of lines within any group appears to be dictated by the order of lines in the file.
    private static class SequenceComparator implements Comparator {
        public int compare(Object o1, Object o2) {
            return ((Fruit) o1).sequence.compareTo(((Fruit) o2).sequence);
        }
    }
 
    private void process(List<Fruit> allList) {
        Collections.sort(allList, new SequenceComparator());
        // get and print all Strings with a sequence field of "1"
        print(allList, "1");
        // print the separator
        System.out.println(separator);
        // get and print all Strings with a sequence field of "2"
        print(allList, "2");
    }
 
    private void print(Collection<Fruit> fruits, String sequence) {
        for (Fruit fruit : fruits) 
            if (fruit.sequence.equals(sequence))
                System.out.println(fruit.name);
    }

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ai_chienAuthor Commented:
thanks jim, i learnt a lot from you. I'll try and update again...
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ai_chienAuthor Commented:
Hi all, i'm sorry to have confused anyone on those arraylist I've created.  The whole code has lots of parameter parsing in between classes. It was really a big challenge for me as I declared some arraylist of arraylist (nested arraylist) earlier on for referencing 2 csv files (because they have relations to each other). Any then i need to load the values in some order to a combo box, that's where i was stuck. I'm trying to keep the nested arraylist settings instead of changing it into a List. Still trying....
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