Lets Java 8 Lambdas to be represented as objects in the form of expression trees at runtime
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JAva QUEry

This library enables Java 8 Lambdas to be represented as objects in the form of expression trees at runtime:

void method(Predicate<Customer> p) {
  LambdaExpression<Predicate<Customer>> parsed = LambdaExpression.parse(p);
  //Use parsed Expression Tree...

making it possible to create type-safe fluent interfaces, i.e. instead of:

Customer obj = ...

one can write

method<Customer>(obj -> obj.getName() == "John")

in type-safe, refactoring friendly manner. And then the library developer will be able to parse the produced Lambda to the corresponding Expression Tree for analysis.

For example, JPA Criteria API could benefit a lot from using JaQue, e.g.:

//instead of this:
Root<Pet> pet = cq.from(Pet.class);
Join<Pet, Owner> owner = pet.join(Pet_.owners);

//it could be this:
Join<Pet, Owner> owner = pet.join(Pet::getOwners);

//and instead of this:
query.where(builder.equal(pet.get(Pet_.name), "Fido")
	.and(builder.equal(pet.get(Pet_.color), "brown")));
//it could be this:
query.where(pet -> pet.getColor() == null);
query.where(pet -> (pet.getName() == "Fido") && (pet.getColor() == "brown"));

If you are looking for an oportunity to start an open source project, implementing the above should be very beneficial for a very large developer comminuty. Should you start this or any other open source project based on JaQue, I'll be happy to assist you.

How to write fluent interface with JaQue?

  • Suppose you want to reference some class property
public class Fluent<T> {

	// this interface is required to make the lambda Serializable, which removes a need for 
	// jdk.internal.lambda.dumpProxyClasses system property. See below.
	public static interface Property<T, R> extends Function<T, R>, Serializable {

	public Fluent<T> property(Property<T, ?> propertyRef) {
		LambdaExpression<Function<T, ?>> parsed = LambdaExpression
		Expression body = parsed.getBody();
		Expression methodCall = body;
		// remove casts
		while (methodCall instanceof UnaryExpression)
			methodCall = ((UnaryExpression) methodCall).getFirst();

		// checks are omitted for brevity
		Member member = ((MemberExpression) ((InvocationExpression) methodCall)
		// use member
		return this;
  • Now your users will be able to write
Fluent<Customer> f = new Fluent<Customer>();

Make the lambda Serializable, as shown in example above. If the lambda is not serializable, the jdk.internal.lambda.dumpProxyClasses system property must be set and point to an existing writable directory to give the parser access to the lambda byte code.