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Retro-Optional

A backport of Java8 monad optionals for Java7.

Example: Let's say we have an instance of a class A which can be nullable, and we're interested in getting the result of a chain of nested function calls, which eventually will result in a boolean. Every intermediate step may fail and return a null. To get to the end result without optionals we'd have to do multiple null checks:

boolean result = a != null &&
      a.getB() != null &&
      a.getB().getC() != null &&
      a.getB().getC().isD();

But by converting everything to return monadic optionals, the syntax can be streamlined a bit:

boolean result = a.flatMap(A::getB)
      .flatMap(A::getC)
      .filter(x -> x.isD())
      .isPresent();

For more examples of how to use Java 8 optional types, you can refer to this excellent article: http://www.nurkiewicz.com/2013/08/optional-in-java-8-cheat-sheet.html

Get it

 repositories {
        // ...
        maven { url "https://jitpack.io" }
  }
 dependencies {
        compile 'com.github.memoizr:retro-optional:0.2.0'
  }

Copyright 2015 memoizr

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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