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Rule:  Design15Checked automatically with code checker

Synopsis:This call to Collection.toArray() may be optimizable
Severity Level:5


Calls to a collection’s toArray(E[]) method should specify a target array of zero size. This allows the JVM to optimize the memory allocation and copying as much as possible.

Note: If you don’t need an array of the correct type, then the simple toArray() method without an array is faster, but returns only an array of type Object[].

class Foo {
List foos = getFoos();

// inefficient, the array needs to be zeroed out by the jvm before it is handed over to the toArray method
Foo[] fooArray = foos.toArray(new Foo[foos.size()]);

// much better; this one allows the jvm to allocate an array of the correct size and effectively skip
// the zeroing, since each array element will be overridden anyways
Foo[] fooArray = foos.toArray(new Foo[0]);