Sunday, July 19, 2015

Java Lambda - IntConsumer Functional Interface

IntConsumer Functional Interface

IntConsumer Interface represents an operation that accepts int valued argument and returns no result. Previously we had discussed Consumer interface. I would recommend you to read that as IntConsumer is primitive int data type specialization of Consumer interface.

There are two different methods in IntConsumer interface. Let us understand both of them one by one.

accept() method
void accept(int value);

accept() method performs this operation on give argument. This method does not return any value. It accepts a parameter of type int.
Let us take simple example to understand this method.

      IntConsumer intConsumer = (a) -> System.out.println(a);
      intConsumer.accept(10); //Prints 10

andThen() method
      default IntConsumer andThen(IntConsumer after) {
            return (int t) -> { accept(t); after.accept(t); };

andThen() method returns a composed version of this and after IntConsumer that will perform respective operation in sequence. This method will throw NullPointerException if after is null.
Let us write two different IntConsumer. One for adding and another for multiplication.

IntConsumer adder = (a) -> System.out.println(a + a);

IntConsumer multiplier = (a) -> System.out.println(a * a);

adder.andThen(multiplier).accept(20);//First adder is executed then multiplier.


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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