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Enums vs. HashMap vs. others for decision handling

nithin chinni
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Joined: Dec 02, 2010
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Hi,
In my project I have encountered a situation where given an input functionality varies.
So I have though of two ways for dealing with this situation. Both work but want to choose one.
First Method:
Using a Enum where given an input and depending on enum output I will handle the business login. Also I have handled the exception saying if there is no enum for that particular type I will return null.

Second Method:
Using HashMap which gives the value when given a key. And using that value will build the business logic.

There are even many ways like using if-else, switch-case etc.
Can someone help me in choosing why I should go with a particular implementation.
My team lead says hashmaps because of performance but there will not be more than 5 types.
I prefer enums because of the readability.

So thats where I am thinking, what to go with. Any suggestions??
Stephan van Hulst
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This is an incredibly vague description of your problem. Maybe you can give us more background on what it really is that your business logic is about.
 
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