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Soubhik Maji
Soubhik Maji
Computer Science
14 Jan 2019

Arrays and Arraylist


1. Collection of similar types.

2.Allocated memory at run time and of fixed size .

3.Arrays created using new are initiated with 0 for numeric types(including char), false (for boolean types ) and array of objects are initiazed with null .


1.An array with dynamic length .

2.It maintains an array internally and whenever that becomes small or inefficient it copies those elements into a new bigger array .

3.Arraylist class is a generic class .You have to specify what kind of arraylist we want , whether string or integer .

4.When you initially create a arraylist its size is zero 

ArrayList friends=new ArrayList<>(); 

5.Now when you do 



Its length gets increased to 2 .

6.You can add or remove elements anywhere in the arraylist .

friends.remove(0);//removes based on syntax

friends.add(0,"paul");//adding based on index ..adds before index zero 

friends.set(1,"harry");//replaces an element 

friends.get(0);//retrieves an element  based on index 

friends.size();//returns size/length of arraylist 

7.You cannot have an ArrayList of primitive types .

8.Automatic conversion from primitive types to its object type is called autoboxing . This happens when you add int to a ArrayList of Integer .

9. Be careful while comparing elements if Arraylist using == and != they compare the object reference and not contents of the object . You should first unbox them using automatic inbox by holding them into their primitive types and them comparing them 

Shruthi Pillai
Shruthi Pillai
Information Technology
3mos ago


It is a dynamically created object that hold values of same type.The variables in the array are ordered and each have an index beginning from 0 . Arrays are useful when executing calculations within a loop. The size of an array must be specified by an int value. The direct super class of array type is Object.

Valid declaration syntax are

EG: int[] boxes   OR

       int boxes[]

To access the first element we use boxes[0];


Arraylist is a resizable array, can be found in java.util package. It is helpful in programs where lots of manipulation in the array is needed . Java ArrayList allows us to randomly access the list.

Syntax example:

ArrayList cars = new ArrayList();

Soubhik Maji
Soubhik Maji
Computer Science
3mos ago

Can you give me summary of java collections framework ?