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Repositioning an object in a TreeSet?

Yuriy Zilbergleyt
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Hi everybody,

I'm assuming that when an object is placed into a TreeSet that uses a custom Comparator, it's position is determined by What if the object property that compare() uses changes after the object is already inserted into the set?

For example I may be keeping a TreeSet of Document objects sorted by their lastAccessedDate, and the lastAccessedDate of an object changes. Is there a way of making the TreeSet aware of this, or should I just remove the Document from the TreeSet before changing the date and reinsert it afterwards?

Thank you,

marc weber

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Order appears to be determined at insertion. I don't know of a way to "re-order" the TreeSet if elements change.

[ July 27, 2005: Message edited by: marc weber ]

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Stan James
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You could get into something tricky that listens for changes (see Observer and Observable), removes the object and reinserts it. Or you could create a new TreeSet from your existing TreeSet to re-sort everything before you read from it again.

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