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Question 1: A quick look into the API helps identifying the interfaces implemented by a class.
Question 2: Comparator and Comparable are two different approaches for doing the same thing.
The Comparable interface is used to mark a class as Comparable. It is like saying 'Hello my name is ClassX and I am Comparable'. A Set or whatever structure you use checks for the class being Comparable and uses the logic implemented in it's compareTo method.
Comparator is an interface that I consider as a little more abstract. You can define general sorting patterns you need to use. Let's say you have a Person object. Comparable let's you only sort in one specific way, but you can create many Comparator implementations and use them for sorting the Person class any way you like, you just have to pass an instance to the sort method.
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jose chiramal wrote:Can i say classes that implement Comparable impose natural order ??
That is the term used by Sun in their Javadoc of TreeMap among others:
Constructs a new, empty tree map, using the natural ordering of its keys. All keys inserted into the map must implement the Comparable interface. Furthermore, all such keys must be mutually comparable: k1.compareTo(k2) must not throw a ClassCastException for any keys k1 and k2 in the map.