Is there any advantages using Optional rather than checking list is null or empty

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Optional.ofNullable(list).isPresent()

if(!list.isEmpty() && list!=null)

what is the difference b/w the above two statements?
what is the advantage use of Optional
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srikoteshAsked:
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zzynxConnect With a Mentor Software engineerCommented:
The purpose of Optional is to help design better APIs in which — just by reading the signature of a method — users can tell whether to expect an optional value. In addition, Optional forces you to actively unwrap an Optional to deal with the absence of a value; as a result, you protect your code against unintended null pointer exceptions.

Nice article: Using Optional Effectively in Java 8
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gurpsbassiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
what is the difference b/w the above two statements?

One of them doesn't check emptiness !
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