Lambda Expression and functional Interface

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1. Lambda Expressions

Lambda Expressions were added in Java 8. A lambda expression is a short block of code which takes in parameters and returns a value. Lambda expressions are similar to methods, but they do not need a name and they can be implemented right in the body of a method.

1.1. Syntax

A few basic syntaxes of lambda expressions are:

(parameters) -> expression
(parameters) -> { statements; }
() -> expression

A typical lambda expression example will be like this:

//This function takes two parameters and return their sum
(x, y) -> x + y  

Please note that based on the type of x and y, we may use the method in multiple places. Parameters can match to int, or Integer or simply String also. Based on context, it will either add two integers or concatenate two strings.

Here demonstration of lambda expression with two arguments.

public class Test
interface FuncInter1
int operation(int a, int b);
interface FuncInter2
void sayMessage(String message);
private int operate(int a, int b, FuncInter1 fobj)
return fobj.operation(a, b);
public static void main(String args[])
FuncInter1 add = (int x, int y) -> x + y;
FuncInter1 multiply = (int x, int y) -> x * y;

Test tobj = new Test();
System.out.println("Addition is " + tobj.operate(5, 2, add));
System.out.println("Multiplication is " + tobj.operate(5, 2, multiply));
FuncInter2 fobj = message ->System.out.println("Hello " + message);

1.2. Rules for writing lambda expressions

  • A lambda expression can have zero, one or more parameters.
  • The body of the lambda expression can be either a single expression or more statements.
  • The type of the parameters can be explicitly declared if it can be inferred from the context.
  • The body of the lambda expressions can contain zero, one, or more statements.
  • If the body of lambda expression has a single statement, curly brackets are not mandatory and the return type of the anonymous function is the same as that of the body expression.

2. Functional Interfaces

Functional interfaces are also Single Abstract Method interfaces. As the name suggests, a functional interface permits exactly one abstract method in it.

Java 8 introduces @FunctionalInterface annotation that we can use for giving compile-time errors it a functional interface violates the contracts.

2.1. Functional Interface Example

//Optional annotation
public interface MyFirstFunctionalInterface {
    public void firstWork();

Please note that a functional interface is valid even if the @FunctionalInterface annotation is omitted. It is only for informing the compiler to enforce a single abstract method inside the interface.

Also, since default methods are not abstract , we can add default methods to the functional interface as many as we need.

Another critical point to remember is that if a functional interface overrides one of the public methods of java.lang.Object, that also does not count toward the interface’s abstract method count since any implementation of the interface will have an implementation from java.lang.Object or elsewhere.

For example, given below is a perfectly valid functional interface.

public interface MyFirstFunctionalInterface 
    public void firstWork();
    public String toString();                //Overridden from Object class
    public boolean equals(Object obj);        //Overridden from Object class

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Deepak kumar is a Software Intern at Knoldus Inc. He has done Post Graduation from Ajay Kumar Garg Engineering College Ghaziabad. He has the knowledge of various programming languages. He is passionate about Java development and curious to learn Java Technologies. He is a quick learner, problem solver and always enjoy to help others. His hobbies playing Cricket and watching Hollywood movies.