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    ravian is offline Senior Member
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    Default Limiting size of ArrayList

    Hi guys,

    ArrayList can grow as the elements are added to it. Is there a was to define the upper limit of the ArrayList? For example, I want my ArrayList to throw some Exception when 101th element is added.

    Thanks for your time.

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    You're probably looking for an API defined way to accomplish this, and I'm not certain there is one. Therefore, there shouldn't be anything wrong with using a standard control statement, ie: for loop. Soo...
    Java Code:
    1) for all elements up to and including 100 
        // ..... do something...
     // if attempt to add past 100
        // throw exception(which is kinda of pointless since that's what the control
        //  statement was for - only elements up to an including 100)
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    Agree with Captain. You cannot limit the size of an ArrayList. You will have to come up with a mechanism to achieve this.

    You may subclass the ArrayList and implement your own code to prevent the size from growing beyond a limit.

    Something like

    public final class MyList extends ArrayList{

    public boolean add(Object o) throws Throwable{
    if(this.size() < 100)
    throw new MaxSizeReachedException("Limit reached");



    note : The above code is a kind of sudo code, just to give you an idea of what we meant.

    Hope this helps!
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    Yeah i would personally just do something like
    Java Code:
    ArrayList<String> list = new ArrayList<String();
    if(list.get(100) != null)  //If there exists a 101th element
         throw new ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException();

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