Java has Comparable and Comparator to compare objects, and objects have an equals() method. But there is no interface for when an object has multiple ways of being equal.
e.g.: an database object that has a name, code and a value. Equality could be based on:
- database id
- name and code
- case-insensitive name
When extended to collections, this allows us to search for specific
values (with an EqualsPredicate that takes an Equator), and implement
Maps and Sets that use specific equators to determine uniqueness.
I propose that it has two methods:
I shall upload some files when I next get some time.
NB: This ticket is a summary of the email conversation begun on 5 Jan 2007: "equator interface" (http://archives.devshed.com/forums/java-118/equator-interface-2126195.html). Stephen C made reference there to creating a FlexiMap, but in my mind, that's additional to this issue (this interface still needs to be created to be able to stand alone).