Java Comparator using .reverseOrder() but with an inner class

I am creating a simple program to learn about the Java Comparator class. I have sorted an Arraylist into order but now I want to sort the list in descending order but am having problems in where to call the .reverseOrder() method as I have used an inner class that implements Comparator<Song> (song being a song class which houses getters and setter methods).

Here is my SongSort class which houses the sorting process etc.;

import java.util.*;
import java.io.*;

public class SongSort
{
    ArrayList<Song> songList = new ArrayList<Song>();

    public void main(String[] args)
    {
        new SongSort().go();
    }

    class ArtistCompare implements Comparator<Song>
    {
        public int compare(Song one, Song two)
        {
            return one.getRating().compareTo(two.getRating());
        }
    }


    public void go()
    {

        getSongs();
        System.out.println(songList);
        //Collections.sort(songList); 
        System.out.println(songList);

        ArtistCompare artistCompare = new ArtistCompare();
        Collections.sort(songList, artistCompare);
        System.out.println(songList);
    }



    public void getSongs()
    {
        try{
            File file = new File("SongListMore.txt");
            BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(file));
            String line = null;

            while((line = reader.readLine()) != null)
               {
                   addSong(line);
               }
            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                ex.printStackTrace();
            }
        }

        public void addSong(String lineToParse)
        {
            String [] tokens = lineToParse.split("/");
            Song nextSong = new Song(tokens[0],  tokens[1], tokens[2], tokens[3]);
            songList.add(nextSong);

    }

}

And here is my simple Song class;

public class Song //implements Comparable<Song>
{
    private String title;
    private String artist;
    private String rating;
    private String bpm;

    public Song(String t, String a, String r, String b)
    {
        title = t;
        artist = a;
        rating = r;
        bpm = b;
    }

    public String getTitle()
    {
        return title;
    }

    public String getArtist()
    {
        return artist;
    }
    public String getRating()
    {
        return rating;
    }
    public String getBpm()
    {
        return bpm;
    }

    public String toString()
    {
       return ("Title : " + title + "," +  " Artist : " + artist +  " Rating : " + rating);
    }
}

Can anyone help me figure out where I will call the reverseOrder() method in the SongSort class, as it won't compile?

Answers


ArtistCompare artistCompare = new ArtistCompare();
Collections.sort(songList, Collections.reverseOrder(artistCompare));

Edit July 2015

As this answer still gets some attention, here a small update:

With Java SE 8 it's becoming easier to create a reversed comparator:

Comparator<Song> songRatingComparator = Comparator.comparing(Song::getRating);
Collections.sort(songList, songRatingComparator.reversed());

And you can, of course, also use the Streams framework:

List<Song> sortedSongList = songList.stream()
.sorted(Comparator.comparing(Song::getRating).reversed())
.collect(Collectors.toList());

One way to implement an reverse order comparator is to implement an Compartor-Delegate that invert the comparator result (by changing the order).

public class ReverseOrder<T> implements Comparator<T> {
  private Comparator<T> delegate;
  public ReverseOrder(Comparator<T> delegate){
    this.delegate = delegate;
  }

  public int compare(T a, T b) {
    //reverse order of a and b!!!
    return this.delegate.compare(b,a);
  }
}

So the only thing you need to do is to use this delegate. For example:

  Comparator myComparator = new myComparator();
  List list = ...;
  List reverse = new ArrayList(list);

  //acceding
  Collections.sort(list, myComparator);

  //descending
  Collections.sort(list, new ReverseOrder(myComparator));

Let's take a simple example we have a class Person with two fields name age and we want to sort an existing collection of persons based on their age so let's assume that we have a class Person with a constructor and add the persons into the list and then sort them unsing the method sort of collection :

Person bachiri = new Person (17,"bachiri");
Person taoufiq = new Person (14,"Taoufiq");
Person abderrahman = new Person (15,"abderrahman");
List<Person> persons =  new ArrayList<>();

and this this the impelemtation of Agecomparable :

class AgeComparator implements Comparator<Person>{


    @Override
    public int compare(Person person1, Person person2) {
        return Integer.compare(person1.getAge(),person2.getAge());
    }


}

the trick is to multiple the return method with -1 so the final result will be reversed: class AgeComparator implements Comparator{

    @Override
    public int compare(Person person1, Person person2) {
        return -1 * Integer.compare(person1.getAge(),person2.getAge());
    }


}

so now we can get a reversed result :

Collection.sort (Persons, new AgeComparator());

If you need to use a Comparator which reverses the current order, just return a negative value in the compare method.

public class ComparatorInverse implements Comparator<Object> {
   @Override
   public int compare(Object lhs, Object rhs) {
      return -1;
   }
}

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