6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 4, 2011 10:38 PM by 830726

    i might be breaking the javadoc specification for java.io.InputStream

      *[note]*: This is not intended to be an fully functioning class yet. Step-by-step I am learning how to extend an existing class and create one that might be useful someday. Since "close()" is the simplest method in InputStream, I am starting here.

      This InputStream makes an arbitrary number of files in one directory look like one big file. I can keep reading until the last file to be read EOF is reached.
      public class DirectoryInputStream extends InputStream {
        private boolean moreFiles = true;
        private int inputFileNmb = 0;
        private File[] files;
        private InputStream inStrm;
        private InputStream[] holdOntoOpenStreams;
        public DirectoryInputStream(File dataSrc) throws Exception {
          files = getFilesInDir(dataSrc);
          // holdOntoOpenStream = new FileInputStream[files.length]; <-- towards maintaining the integrity of "close()"
        private void chngFile() throws IOException {
          if(inputFileNmb != 0) inStrm.close();  // <-- violates integrity of "close()". Don't do this if the javadoc for close() is to be followed
          inStrm = new FileInputStream(files[inputFileNmb]);
          // holdOntoOpenStreams[inputFileNmb] = inStrm; <-- could be used to hold onto open InputStreams until close() is called
          if(inputFileNmb == files.length) moreFiles = false;
        public int read() throws IOException {
          // code removed that deals with returning System.getProperty("line.separator") if the EOF of a file is reached and there are other files still to be read
          int c = inStrm.read();
          if((c == -1) && !moreFiles) {
            inStrm.close();  // <-- violates integrity of "close()" ?
            return -1;
          if((c == -1) && moreFiles) {
              // ...deal with transitioning inStrm to connect to a different file. "chngFile()" is invoked in the process, etc.
              c = inStrem.read();
          return c;
        // following the API specifications, this is what an overridden "close()" should look like?
        public void close() throws IOException {
          for(int i = 0; i < (inputFileNmb - 1); i++) {
      Internalizing the closing of streams into this class seems like a feature.
      Yet, As per the API "close()":
      *Closes this input stream and releases any system resources associated with the stream.*
      Certainly, I am not doing that.
      My opinion is that I am violating the java.io.InputStream specification,
      In OOP, you should never do this.
      But, this is an exception because the resources associated with open FileInputStream objects are too limited.
      --thank you
      Edited by: triym on Jul 2, 2011 7:48 AM