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import java.util.Optional;
import java.util.function.Function;
class Main {
public static void main(String[] args) {
Optional<String> o = Optional.of("foo");
Function<String, String> f = s -> null;
Function<String, String> g = String::valueOf;
//lawless lolz
System.out.println( ); //Optional[null]
System.out.println( ); //Optional.empty
//This is because
System.out.println( ); //Optional.empty
//Once again for clarity
System.out.println( -> null) ); //Optional.empty
//And now for more lolz
System.out.println( o.flatMap(s -> null) ); //throws NullPointerException

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jroper commented Apr 20, 2016

Just for clarity, the result of line 11 is an Optional of the String "null", not an Optional of null.


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jedws commented Apr 21, 2016

just for clarity?


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oxbowlakes commented Apr 22, 2016

That's correct. Optional has been designed to explicitly never be able to contain a null value. Arguably more correct behaviour would have been to have map to throw an NPE if the function application returned null - but you'd still have the issue that o map f map g and o map (g compose f) would be different.

Presumably one "advantage" for explicitly disallowing Optional(null) might raise its head when the JVM gets value classes.


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tonymorris commented Apr 24, 2017

FWIW, we tried this (failed) experiment about 12 years ago. The correct solution is to assume that null does not exist, at all.

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