Java 8: Composing functions using compose and andThen
In this article we will try the best two methods in The Java Functions Package .
So let’s explore the problem that we have already that these two methods solve with elegant way from my point of view.
Consider this scenario :
You have a function that you want to apply on some arguments .. at that time the solution you came up with was perfect then some change arise and you have to add a new function to the old one so they made a composite function.
Now the solution may vary but in Java8+ the solution is so simple when consider using the new Functions Package which holds into it a lot of powerful Interfaces that you can use them and increase your productivity also the best usefulness is help you to apply the DRY principle.
What’s the Function class ? and What’s the beauty about it?
Function class represent the Function Terminology in Mathematica which is any formula that takes an argument and produce a value as result by processing that value.
In Java8+ Function class can reference any method that apply to that Terminology , So it’s the core of the functional programming capability .
let’s take a simple example :
Let’s start composing more functions
Let’s create an example to see how we can use this approach to create small pieces of reusable code — then put them together in different ways.
Consider the following.
We have a string that we need to toggle its case to be upper case then we need to trim the tailing and leading spaces.
Let’s start by introducing two basic functions —
trim- that do the two functionalities that we need.
This powerfulness can lead to an amazing decoupled application that consist only from functions
Not only the Function Class has these composition methods all the functional interfaces in the new Function Package also had a similar methods .
Now Lets see an example about using the compose function :
Whats the difference between andThen and composite ?
as we can see the execution order is the difference .
You should consider using the Functions Package Classes as your dependencies in your future work to decouple your modules and to have a freedom when changing and maintaining your code .