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Java Comparable Example
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I want to know the use of Comparable Interface. Please provide me one example

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June 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Comparable interface is used to define the natural sort order of a class.List of objects that implement this interface can be sorted automatically by sort method of the list interface. This interface has compareTo() method that is used by the sort() method of the list.

Here is an example that compares two ages using Comparable Interface.

import java.util.*;

class Person implements Comparable{
    int age;

    public void setAge(int age){    
    public int getAge(){    
        return this.age;    

    public int compareTo(Object ob){
        if(!(ob instanceof Person)){
            throw new ClassCastException("Invalid object");

        int age = ((Person) ob).getAge();

        if(this.getAge() > age)    
            return 1;
        else if ( this.getAge() < age )
            return -1;
            return 0;

 public class ComparableExample{

    public static void main(String args[]){

        Person one = new Person();        

        Person two = new Person();        

        if(one.compareTo(two) > 0) {        
            System.out.println("Person one is elder than Person two!");

        } else if(one.compareTo(two) < 0) {        
            System.out.println("Person one is younger than Person two!");        

        } else if(one.compareTo(two) == 0) {        
            System.out.println("Both Persons are same!");        

August 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

public class Employee implements Comparable<Employee> {

    int empId;
    String eName;

    public Employee(int empId, String eName) {
        this.empId = empId;
        this.eName = eName;
    public String toString() {

        return "ID:"+empId+"NAME:"+eName;   

    public int compareTo(Employee e) {

        return  eName.compareTo(e.eName);


import java.util.Iterator;
import java.util.TreeSet;

public class EmpMain {

     * @param args
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        TreeSet<Employee> ts =new TreeSet<Employee>();
        ts.add(new Employee(123,"vijay"));
        ts.add(new Employee(98,"kumar"));
        ts.add(new Employee(100,"abhi"));
        ts.add(new Employee(50,"dhruv"));
        ts.add(new Employee(150,"sasi"));

        for (Iterator iterator = ts.iterator(); iterator.hasNext();) {
            Employee employee = (Employee);



August 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM


ID:100NAME:abhi ID:50NAME:dhruv ID:98NAME:kumar ID:150NAME:sasi ID:123NAME:vijay


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