Java Pattern Matching library
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SuitCase is a convenient Java library dedicated to object manipulation using pattern matching mechanism.

Quick Overview

If you want to manipulate object based on types in Java the dedicated design pattern is the visitor. Unfortunately even if such pattern is well known its implementation is always painful because it implies code dissemination and finally brakes incremental compilation approach.

In addition such mechanism only enables selection based on types and does not provides a simple and intuitive mechanism filtering objects using their values i.e. attributes.

For this purpose a simple pattern matching inspired by Scala extractor object has been designed.

This pattern matching offers a simple mechanism for simple object selection based on intrinsic equality. Indeed pattern matching cases can be done on the object kind and it's internal state. For instance the following sample checks if an integer is O or not.

Matcher<Integer, Boolean> isZero = Matcher.match();


isZero.match(0); // == true

Regexp, List Patterns and more ...

More information and descriptions are given in the Wiki and in particular ad-hoc case is explained with practical implementations covering matching for lists, string regular expression, XML etc.


This library is available at Sonatype OSS Repository Hosting service and can be simply used adding the following dependency to your pom project.



A presentation (in french) has been given during a Toulouse Java User Group session.

Other Propositions & Discussions

A review of various approaches is given in the Structural Pattern Matching in Java. It starts from the visitor and proposes alternatives with a functional programming approach.

Some propositions like Towards Pattern Matching in Java or Java 8 annotation processor and framework for deriving algebraic data types constructors, pattern-matching, morphisms are also available.


Copyright (C)2015 D. Plaindoux.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

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