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A simple Java ArrayList example

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The ArrayList is one of the most useful Java data structures. It is also very easy to use. Here is a simple example of the Java ArrayList.

1. Import the package. To use the Java ArrayList, include this import statement at the top of your class file: import java.util.ArrayList;

2. Instantiate the ArrayList. When you instantiate a Java ArrayList, you must specify the type of objects that the ArrayList will hold. Here is how you create an ArrayList of String objects: ArrayList<String> alFruits = new ArrayList<String>();

3. Add items to the ArrayList. To add items to an ArrayList, use the add() method: alFruits.add("apple");

4. Remove items from the ArrayList. To remove items from an ArrayList, use the remove() method: alFruits.remove("apple");

5. Retrieve items from the ArrayList. To retrieve an item from an ArrayList, use the get() method. This method requires they array index as a parameter: String sFruit = alFruits.get(0);

6. Iterate through the ArrayList. Looping through the objects in an ArrayList is easy. The size() method gives you the upper bound of the list.

Here is a complete program that uses a Java ArrayList:

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class Test {

public static void main(String[] args) {

ArrayList<String> alFruits = new ArrayList<String>();


for (int i=0; i < alFruits.size(); i++) {
String sFruit = alFruits.get(i);


Here is the output:

This simple example shows how to use a Java ArrayList. The ArrayList is fairly simple to use, but it is one of the most powerful data structures in the Java programming language.

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