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package com.google.common.collect;
A constraint on the keys and values that may be added to a Map or Multimap. For example, com.google.common.collect.MapConstraints.notNull(), which prevents a map from including any null keys or values, could be implemented like this:
   public void checkKeyValue(Object key, Object value) {
     if (key == null || value == null) {
       throw new NullPointerException();
     
   }}

In order to be effective, constraints should be deterministic; that is, they should not depend on state that can change (such as external state, random variables, and time) and should only depend on the value of the passed-in key and value. A non-deterministic constraint cannot reliably enforce that all the collection's elements meet the constraint, since the constraint is only enforced when elements are added.

Author(s):
Mike Bostock
Since:
3.0
See also:
com.google.common.collect.MapConstraints
Constraint
public interface MapConstraint<K, V> {
  
Throws a suitable RuntimeException if the specified key or value is illegal. Typically this is either a java.lang.NullPointerException, an java.lang.IllegalArgumentException, or a java.lang.ClassCastException, though an application-specific exception class may be used if appropriate.
  void checkKeyValue(@Nullable K key, @Nullable V value);

  
Returns a brief human readable description of this constraint, such as "Not null".
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