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Sanjay Sharma
Sanjay Sharma

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Posted on    July-28-2015 7:18 AM

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I am very confuse about what is the difference between Collection and Collections

Mayank Tripathi
Mayank Tripathi

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Posted on    July-28-2015 8:56 AM

Collection, as its javadoc says is "The root interface in the collection hierarchy." This means that every single class implementing Collection in any form is part of the Java Collections Framework.

The Collections Framework is Java's native implementation of data structure classes (with implementation specific properties) which represent a group of objects which are somehow related to each other and thus can be called a collection.

Collections is merely an utility method class for doing certain operations, for example adding thread safety to your ArrayList instance by doing this:

List<MyObj> list = Collections.synchronizedList(new Arraylist<MyObj>());
The main difference in my opinion is that Collection is base interface which you may use in your code as a type for object (although I wouldn't directly recommend that) while Collections just provides useful operations for handling the collections.

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