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Difference between Java Set, List and Map Collections?

Core Java » On Oct 21, 2012 { 11 Comments } By Sivateja

Let us see the main differences between Set,List,Map java collections..

Set (Interface)

  • Set is an un-ordered collection which doesn’t allows duplicate (no-duplicate) elements
  • We can iterate the values by calling iterator() method

Set s = new HashSet();
Iterator iter = s.iterator();

List (Interface)

  • List is an ordered collection which allows duplicate elements
  • We can iterate the values by calling iterator() method

List li = new ArrayList();
Iterator iter = li.iterator();

Map (Interface)

  • In Map we used to store the data in key and value pairs, we may have duplicate values but no duplicate keys
  • In Map we don’t have iterator() method, but we can get the keys by calling the method keySet()


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11 Responses to “Difference between Java Set, List and Map Collections?”
  1. hussain says:

    Hi sir, could u please explain about jUnit.

  2. kiran says:

    Please make a small correction while explaining about List you misspelled ‘Set’ instead List.

    – Modified

  3. praveen says:

    Please tell the answers in real time scenarios.

  4. vinayak says:

    sir pls explain more details in collection with example

  5. Ajit says:

    Hi Sir!, wait,notify,notifyall methods are related to Thread class then why they are found in Object class,Please explain…..I am waiting …

  6. suresh says:

    please explain about arraylist and hashcode & map

  7. Selva says:

    Nice content for collection concept.

  8. prasad says:

    Hi ,

    Could you please explain about JUnit with example ?

    Thanks In Advance,

  9. bhavana says:

    sir pls explain more details about collection with example

  10. Shubham Singh Parmar says:

    IF HashSet internally implements HashMap, then what is the purpose of HashSet as a separate Class when ultimately every task is done by HashMap itself? Can anyone please sort this confusion for me????

  11. Manish says:

    Sir, Please explain Comparator and Comparable Interfaces.


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