Monday, July 13, 2015

Java Lambda - BiConsumer Functional Interface

BiConsumer Functional Interface

Before proceeding with this interface I would recommend you to read about Lambda Calculus, Imperative and Declarative, Functional Interface (with and without arguments). Additional you can read about Predicate<T> interface (used for filtering based on condition) and Optional<T> class.

BiConsumer interface represents an operation that accepts two arguments and returns no results.

BiConsumer Interface Declaration
BiConsumer interface Declaration with two parameters
public interface BiConsumer<T, U>

T type of first input argument
U type of second input argument

accept() method
void accept(T t, U u);

Performs this operation on given arguments

andThen() method
default BiConsumer<T,U> 
andThen(BiConsumer<? super T, ? super U> after) {

    return (l, r) -> {
        accept(l, r);
        after.accept(l, r);

This method returns the composed BiConsumer that performs this operation followed by after operation. The argument after is operated after this operation, the composed version guarantees that.

Let us write simple BiConsumer that accepts two Integer parameters and print their multiplication.

      BiConsumer<Integer, Integer> multiplier
                    new BiConsumer<Integer, Integer>() {
            public void accept(Integer t, Integer u) {
                  System.out.println(t * u);
multiplier.accept(10, 20); //Output 200

We just wrote an anonymous inner class but as BiConsumer is Functional Interface we can use lambda operator on it.

Let us refactor the code.

      BiConsumer<Integer, Integer> multiplier = (t, u) -> {
            System.out.println(t * u);
      multiplier.accept(10, 20); //Output 200

Now let write 2 different BiConsumer and use andThen() method to execute the composed version of both BiConsumer.

First, let us write multiplier and adder BiConsumer
      BiConsumer<Integer, Integer> multiplier = (t, u) -> {
            System.out.println("Multiplier "+(t * u));

BiConsumer<Integer, Integer> adder = (t, u) -> {
            System.out.println("Adder "+(t + u));

                .accept(10, 7);//operate multiplier then adder


           .accept(10, 7);//operate adder then multiplier

Multiplier then adder
Multiplier 70
Adder 17

Adder then multiplier
Adder 17
Multiplier 70

That’s all on BiConsumer interface.

Read about important java.util.function package’s interface here. Consumer, Function, Supplier, BinaryOperator & Predicate Functional Interfaces. I have also written on High Order functions using Function functional interface.

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