Java version of @Unique

This is a static method of the Lotus formula @Unique.

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This is a static method of the Lotus formula @Unique, where you pass it a vector and it returns you a string without duplicate values.

  Code: Usage:
String returnList = Unique(vector value);

static String Unique(Vector vValue) {
    try
       {
         Vector hList = vValue;
         String gListH = hList.toString();
         String gListH1 = gListH.replace('[', ' ');
         String gList = gListH1.replace(']', ' ');
         String gListClean = gList.trim();
               
         Vector v1 = new Vector();
         Vector v2 = new Vector();
         Vector temp=new Vector();
         String test = gListClean;
         StringTokenizer st = new StringTokenizer(test,",");
         while(st.hasMoreTokens())
                   {
                     String tmp = st.nextToken();
                      v1.add(tmp);
                      v2.add(tmp);
                    }
         String item2="";
        
         for(int k=0; k < v1.size(); k++)
             {
               String item=(String)v1.get(k);
                if(!temp.contains(item))
                   temp.addElement(item);
             }
          v2 = temp;
               
         Vector hReturnList = v2;
         String gReturnListH = hReturnList.toString();
         String gReturnListH1 = gReturnListH.replace('[', ' ');
         String gReturnListH2 = gReturnListH1.replace(']', ' ');
         String gReturnListClean = gReturnListH2.trim();
         
         return gReturnListClean;
       }
       catch(Exception e)
                {                  
                  return "";  
               }
}               

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I have a feeling that @Unique can be done with some help from Java by using Set.

A Set is a collection that cannot contain duplicate elements. See: http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/collections/index.html

The code fragment to get unique entries is only one line of code:
Set set = new TreeSet(vector);

I include the whole program to show the Set usage:
(the Unique method is included as well)

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Set;
import java.util.StringTokenizer;
import java.util.TreeSet;
import java.util.Vector;

public class Main {

 static String Unique(Vector vValue) {
  try {
   Vector hList = vValue;
   String gListH = hList.toString();
   String gListH1 = gListH.replace('[', ' ');
   String gList = gListH1.replace(']', ' ');
   String gListClean = gList.trim();

   Vector v1 = new Vector();
   Vector v2 = new Vector();
   Vector temp = new Vector();
   String test = gListClean;
   StringTokenizer st = new StringTokenizer(test, ",");
   while (st.hasMoreTokens()) {
    String tmp = st.nextToken();
    v1.add(tmp);
    v2.add(tmp);
   }
   String item2 = "";

   for (int k = 0; k < v1.size(); k++) {
    String item = (String) v1.get(k);
    if (!temp.contains(item))
     temp.addElement(item);
   }
   v2 = temp;

   Vector hReturnList = v2;
   String gReturnListH = hReturnList.toString();
   String gReturnListH1 = gReturnListH.replace('[', ' ');
   String gReturnListH2 =
gReturnListH1.replace(']', ' ');
   String gReturnListClean = gReturnListH2.trim();

   return gReturnListClean;
  } catch (Exception e) {
   return "";
  }
 }

 
 /**
  * Return some data for the test.
  * @return
  */
 private static Vector getNewVector() {
  
  Integer inputArray[] = new Integer[5];

  for (int index = 0; index < inputArray.length; index++) {
   inputArray[index] = new Integer(index + 1);
  }
  
  Vector vector = new Vector();

  vector.addAll(Arrays.asList(inputArray));
  vector.addAll(Arrays.asList(inputArray));
  vector.addAll(Arrays.asList(inputArray));

  return vector;

 }

 public static void main(String[] args) {

  Vector vector = new Vector(getNewVector());

  System.out.println("The original vector: " + vector);

  System.out.println("The result of Unique Method: \n"
    + "(I think see a bug there.. the '1'
appears twice \n"
    + Unique(vector));

  // Using the set interface
  Set set = new TreeSet(vector);
  System.out.println("set content: " + set);
  vector.removeAllElements();
  vector.addAll(set);
  System.out.println("vector after removeAllElements()"
    + "and addAll(set) : " + vector);
 }
}


This is the result:

The original vector: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] The result 
of Unique Method: 
(I think see a bug there.. the '1' appears twice 1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  1 
setcontent: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] vector after removeAllElements()and addAll(set) : 
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

—Eitan R.

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This was first published in January 2005

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