18 The Collection Framework


The Collection Framework provides a well-designed set of interfaces and classes for storing and manipulating groups of data as a single unit, a collection. The framework provides a convenient API to many of the abstract data types used in data structure curriculum: maps, sets, lists, trees, arrays, hashtables and other collections. Because of their object-oriented design, the Java classes in the collections framework encapsulate both the data structures and the algorithms associated with these abstractions. The framework provides a standard programming interface to several most common abstractions, without burdening the programmer with too many procedures and interfaces. The operations supported ...

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