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Aryeh Golob
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I have a general design question regarding map implementation.

I have a class that sorts products based on defined criteria. The problem is that the criteria are VERY generic and require varied Map implementation.

Here is Map declaration ...

Sorting Criteria:

~ Predefined order: (ex: IPod's, IPod Accessories, IPod Cases, IPod Cables). Categories are pre-defined items are inserted in specific order. Note, inner map represents a sort string, so SortedMap is applicable.

~ Alphabetic Order: (ex: Apple Computers, Dell Computers, HP Computers. etc).

~ No Order required

My approach is to check for formatting data and instantiate Map with appropriate class (HashMap, LinkedHashMap, TreeMap).

Here is sample code ...

Data is only advertised as a Map to the outside world, but internal function will work based on format requirements.

Is this good Java design, or is there a better way?

Input is appreciated!

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