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Design Patterns Vol. 3 Java

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The Players
The Iterator pattern features these two players:
  • Aggregate — A whole that is composed of many parts; a component source.
  • Iterator — An object that supplies elements of the Aggregate one at a time. Iterators may return Aggregate elements in different orders or perform filtering on what elements are returned.
An External Iterator is a free-standing instance supplied by an Aggregate that provides Aggregate elements in some order.
External Iterator
A new External Iterator instance is created by a Creation or Factory Method on the Aggregate. Each Iterator instance remembers its Aggregate, and keeps track of its current position.
Internal Iterators use Callbacks to allow the Aggregate itself to supply objects to a Consumer object in a manner of the Aggregate's choosing.
Internal Iterator
Internal Iterators supply iterator methods that call a user-supplied Consumer objects back.
The Aggregate method will push elements, one at a time, back to the Consumer, kind of like this:

bunch.forEach(new Consumer() {
	public void consume(Object item) {
Iterators can be composed, and filter the results of other Iterators.
The code below shows an Iterator that decorates or wraps another Iterator that supplies Integers, and returns only the even Integers.

package com.industriallogic.example;
import java.util.Iterator;
public class EvenFilteringIterator implements Iterator {
private Integer next; private Iterator source;
public EvenFilteringIterator(Iterator source) { this.source = source; }
private boolean isEven(int i) { return (i % 2) == 0; }
public boolean hasNext() { while (source.hasNext()) { next = (Integer); if (isEven(next)) return true; } return false; }
public Object next() { return next; }
public void remove() { } }
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