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Jakob Jenkov
Last update: 2019-10-27

The Mem Ops ObjectPool class is capable of pooling instances of objects which can be reused. At first the ObjectPool is empty. When you request an instance from the ObjectPool will create a new instance via an IObjectFactory and return to you. When you later free the object again, it is cached internally. When you request an instance again in the future, the ObjectPool will first check if it has any instances cached internally. If it has, it will return one of the cached instances. If not, a new instance will be created.

Create an ObjectPool

To use the Mem Ops ObjectPool you must first create an instance of the com.nanosai.memops.objects.ObjectPool class. Here is how you create a Mem Ops ObjectPool' instance:

IObjectFactory<MyClass> objectFactory = new IObjectFactory<MyClass>() {
    public MyClass instance() {  return new MyClass(); }

int capacity = 8;

ObjectPool<MyClass> objectPool = new ObjectPool<MyClass>(capacity, stringFactory);

Notice that the ObjectPool class constructor takes two parameters: The capacity and an IObjectFactory implementation. These two parameters are explained in the following sections.


The capacity is the maximum number of instances the ObjectPool will create via its IObjectFactory. If you request an object instance from the ObjectPool which has no object instances cached, and it has already created capacity number of objects, null will be returned.

In the example above the capacity is set to 8. That means, that at most 8 MyClass instances can be created. These 8 instances can then be reused again and again, but you can never get more than 8 instances out of the pool at the same time. Once 8 objects has been "taken", you will need to free an object before you can take a new. Until then, null is returned.


The second parameter to the ObjectPool constructor is an IObjectFactory instance. IObjectFactory is a Mem Ops specific Java interface. You will have to provide an implementation of IObjectFactory yourself. Whatever objects the ObjectPool is supposed to return must be provided by an IObjectFactory. Here is first how the IObjectFactory instance looks:

package com.nanosai.memops.objects;

public interface IObjectFactory<T> {
    public T instance();

As you can see, the IObjectFactory only contains a single method named instance(). The type returned from the instance() method is decided by you when you implement the IObjectFactory interface. You can read more about implementing generic types in Java interfaces in my Generic Java interfaces section of my Java interfaces tutorial.

Here is an example of implementing the IObjectFactory interface:

IObjectFactory<String> stringFactory = new IObjectFactory<String>() {
    int instanceNo = 0;

    public String instance() {
        String value = "" + instanceNo;
        return value;

Notice how the generic Java type is set to a Java String.

Because the IObjectFactory interface only contains a single method, you could also implement it using a Java Lambda Expression. Here is an example of implementing the IObjectFactory interface using a Java lambda expression:

IObjectFactory<String> stringFactory =
    () -> "" + System.currentTimeMillis();

Get Object Instance From ObjectPool

Once you have created a Mem Ops ObjectPool instance, you can obtain an object instance from it. You do so by calling its instance() method. Here is an example of obtaining an object instance from an ObjectPool:

String instance = objectPool.instance();

Free Object

Once you are done using an object instance you should free it back to the ObjectPool again. You free an object instance for reuse by calling the ObjectPool free() method. Here is an example of how freeing an instance looks:


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