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Using the Google Collections Library for Java

Posted by van_riper on August 15, 2008 at 11:11 PM PDT

In addition to the JUG that we run, Kevin Nilson and I also run the Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group (SV-GTUG). Sometimes, we have joint meetings like this one where the topic intersects Java Development and Google Technology. Kevin Bourrillion gave this talk at a recent SV-GTUG meeting. The talk is available for viewing on YouTube in two parts:

Part 1:
Part 2:

Please note: The slides within the video are easier to read when you choose the high resolution video option. However, you can also download a crystal clear version of the slides in PDF format from the Google Collections Library project's downloads section.

After a nice introduction by Josh Bloch, Kevin Bourrillion dived into his talk. I won't rehash it blow by blow here, but, Kevin made two important points at the beginning that I will reiterate. First, Jared Levy and Kevin are the two primary authors of this library at Google. However, many Googlers have made contributions to the library and Josh Bloch in particular has provided them with a lot of guidance in their efforts. Second, this library is not intended as a replacement for the JDK collection classes. Rather, they complement and extend the core JDK collection classes. Kevin strongly urged anyone that was not already intimately familiar with the JDK collection classes to spend some time with them before attempting to take advantage of the additional functionality in the Google Collections Library.

Thanks to Paul Masquelier, we also have this public Picasa web album to share with pictures from the meeting.

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Wish I was there Van. I downloaded the presentation, we are thinking about using a different collections library here. Thanks for that. Panos