SortedSet

public interface SortedSet implements Set<E>
Known Indirect Subclasses

A Set that further provides a total ordering on its elements. The elements are ordered using their {@linkplain Comparable natural ordering}, or by a Comparator typically provided at sorted set creation time. The set's iterator will traverse the set in ascending element order. Several additional operations are provided to take advantage of the ordering. (This interface is the set analogue of SortedMap.)

All elements inserted into a sorted set must implement the Comparable interface (or be accepted by the specified comparator). Furthermore, all such elements must be mutually comparable: e1.compareTo(e2) (or comparator.compare(e1, e2)) must not throw a ClassCastException for any elements e1 and e2 in the sorted set. Attempts to violate this restriction will cause the offending method or constructor invocation to throw a ClassCastException.

Note that the ordering maintained by a sorted set (whether or not an explicit comparator is provided) must be consistent with equals if the sorted set is to correctly implement the Set interface. (See the Comparable interface or Comparator interface for a precise definition of consistent with equals.) This is so because the Set interface is defined in terms of the equals operation, but a sorted set performs all element comparisons using its compareTo (or compare) method, so two elements that are deemed equal by this method are, from the standpoint of the sorted set, equal. The behavior of a sorted set is well-defined even if its ordering is inconsistent with equals; it just fails to obey the general contract of the Set interface.

All general-purpose sorted set implementation classes should provide four "standard" constructors: 1) A void (no arguments) constructor, which creates an empty sorted set sorted according to the natural ordering of its elements. 2) A constructor with a single argument of type Comparator, which creates an empty sorted set sorted according to the specified comparator. 3) A constructor with a single argument of type Collection, which creates a new sorted set with the same elements as its argument, sorted according to the natural ordering of the elements. 4) A constructor with a single argument of type SortedSet, which creates a new sorted set with the same elements and the same ordering as the input sorted set. There is no way to enforce this recommendation, as interfaces cannot contain constructors.

Note: several methods return subsets with restricted ranges. Such ranges are half-open, that is, they include their low endpoint but not their high endpoint (where applicable). If you need a closed range (which includes both endpoints), and the element type allows for calculation of the successor of a given value, merely request the subrange from lowEndpoint to successor(highEndpoint). For example, suppose that s is a sorted set of strings. The following idiom obtains a view containing all of the strings in s from low to high, inclusive:

   SortedSet<String> sub = s.subSet(low, high+"\0");
A similar technique can be used to generate an open range (which contains neither endpoint). The following idiom obtains a view containing all of the Strings in s from low to high, exclusive:
   SortedSet<String> sub = s.subSet(low+"\0", high);

This interface is a member of the Java Collections Framework.

Public Method Summary

abstract Comparator<? super E>
comparator()
Returns the comparator used to order the elements in this set, or null if this set uses the {@linkplain Comparable natural ordering} of its elements.
abstract E
first()
Returns the first (lowest) element currently in this set.
abstract SortedSet<E>
headSet(E toElement)
Returns a view of the portion of this set whose elements are strictly less than toElement.
abstract E
last()
Returns the last (highest) element currently in this set.
Spliterator<E>
spliterator()
Creates a Spliterator over the elements in this sorted set.
abstract SortedSet<E>
subSet(E fromElement, E toElement)
Returns a view of the portion of this set whose elements range from fromElement, inclusive, to toElement, exclusive.
abstract SortedSet<E>
tailSet(E fromElement)
Returns a view of the portion of this set whose elements are greater than or equal to fromElement.

Inherited Method Summary