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August 25, 2009

Groovy Goodness: the Grep Method

The grep method is used to filter elements in a collection. The argument of the grep method is a filter Object. This is related to Groovy's switch statement, because the same isCase() method is used to evaluate the filter.

assert [true] == ['test', 12, 20, true].grep(Boolean), 'Class isInstance'
assert ['Groovy'] == ['test', 'Groovy', 'Java'].grep(~/^G.*/), 'Pattern match'
assert ['b', 'c'] == ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd'].grep(['b', 'c']), 'List contains'
assert [15, 16, 12] == [1, 15, 16, 30, 12].grep(12..18), 'Range contains'
assert [42.031] == [12.300, 109.20, 42.031, 42.032].grep(42.031), 'Object equals'
assert [100, 200] == [10, 20, 30, 50, 100, 200].grep({ it > 50 }), 'Closure boolean'