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Glen Martin
Glen Martin

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Posted on    July-03-2015 1:17 AM

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How would you initialise a static Map in Java?

Method one: Static initializer 
Method two: instance initialiser (anonymous subclass) or some other method?

What are the pros and cons of each?

Here is an example illustrating two methods:
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
public class Test {
    private static final Map<Integer, String> myMap = new HashMap<Integer, String>();
    static {
        myMap.put(1, "one");
        myMap.put(2, "two");
    private static final Map<Integer, String> myMap2 = new HashMap<Integer, String>(){
            put(1, "one");
            put(2, "two");

Mayank Tripathi
Mayank Tripathi

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Posted on    July-03-2015 8:35 AM

The instance initialiser is just syntactic sugar in this case, right? I don't see why you need an extra anonymous class just to initialize. And it won't work if the class being created is final.

You can create an immutable map using a static initialiser too:
public class Test {
    private static final Map<Integer, String> myMap;
    static {
        Map<Integer, String> aMap = ....;
        aMap.put(1, "one");
        aMap.put(2, "two");
        myMap = Collections.unmodifiableMap(aMap);

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