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A lot of the clever helpers like that in Java unfortunately often trigger extra allocations, making them slower, as the above post implied.





Indeed, and they are even worse than that, because Streams in Java can even be parallel streams and be processed by a thread pool. So it’s not enough to know that it’s a Stream, you have to know what kind of Stream, and if it’s a parallel Stream, what threadpool is it using? How big is it? What else uses it? What’s the CPU and memory overhead of the pool? What happens when a worker thread throws an exception? Etc. These are all hidden by the abstraction but are usually things we always care about as consumers of the abstraction.

The introduction of value types in the JVM should hopefully alleviate this.



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