Convert list to map

Hi,
  I need a generic method to convert from list to map. I can do it by passing the specific object like below, but I need a generic method to convert from list to map.

public static HashMap<String, String> convertListToMap(List<Test> listArray){
      
      
            
            HashMap<String, String> map = new HashMap<String, String>();
            Iterator iter = listArray.iterator();
            while (iter.hasNext()){
                  Test tmpProp = iter.next();
                  map.put(tmpProp .id(), tmpProp.getName());
          }
            return map;
      }
}

In the above code it is specific to class Temp, but I want a generic method which converts lists to map.

Thank you
SthokalaAsked:
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zzynxConnect With a Mentor Software engineerCommented:
What sanjooz means is this:

With this interface

public interface MyObject {
     String getId();
     String getName();
}

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you can change your code like this:

public static HashMap<String, String> convertListToMap(List<MyObject> listArray){
            HashMap<String, String> map = new HashMap();
            for (MyObject myObject : listArray) {
                  map.put(myObject .id(), myObject.getName());
            }
            return map;
      }
}

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This way you can use your method for all classes that implement MyObject

Like this:

public class Temp implements MyObject {

      public String getId() { ... }
      public String getName() { ... }
}

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or

public class AntoherOne implements MyObject {

      public String getId() { ... }
      public String getName() { ... }
}

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This is valid code:
List<Temp> myList = new ArrayList();
myList.add( new Temp(...) );
myList.add( new Temp(...) );
myList.add( new Temp(...) );

map = convertListToMap(myList);

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But this also:

List<AnotherOne> myList2 = new ArrayList();
myList2.add( new AnotherOne(...) );
myList2.add( new AnotherOne(...) );
myList2.add( new AnotherOne(...) );

map = convertListToMap(myList2);

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CEHJCommented:
but I want a generic method which converts lists to map.
How can you have that without some way of specifying how the keys are derived?
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SthokalaAuthor Commented:
I have get methods are same in all (getID and getName)
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CEHJCommented:
I can't think of any way to make it more generic really
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sanjoozCommented:
If you have getID and getName methods in all your classes that you will be iterating over, then you could define an interface with these methods in it. Your classes will then implement this interface.

When you can change your method from concrete class Test to the interface like

convertListToMap(List<InterfaceName> listArray)

That would server your purpose.
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