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List First Selection 

The Spring Expression Language (SpEL) is a simple and powerful expression language which helps to query and manipulate objects at runtime. The following example shows using first matching selection operator (^[selectionExpression]). It filters the collection and returns the first element matching given selection criteria.

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Author  :  Sudhakar KV
Email  :  [email protected]
package com.bethecoder.tutorials.spring3.tests.spel;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.expression.ExpressionParser;
import org.springframework.expression.spel.standard.SpelExpressionParser;

import com.bethecoder.tutorials.spring3.basic.Employee;

public class ListFirstSelectionTest {

   @param args
  public static void main(String[] args) {

    StandardEvaluationContext stdContext = new StandardEvaluationContext();
    List<Employee> employees = new ArrayList<Employee>();
    employees.add(new Employee(1"ONE"1111));
    employees.add(new Employee(2"TWO"2222));
    employees.add(new Employee(3"THREE"3333));
    employees.add(new Employee(4"FOUR"4444));
    employees.add(new Employee(5"FIVE"5555));
    employees.add(new Employee(6"SIX"6666));
    stdContext.setVariable("emps", employees);
     * First matching Employee having salary greater than 4000
    ExpressionParser parser = new SpelExpressionParser();
    Employee emp = (Employeeparser.parseExpression(
        "#emps.^[salary > 4000]").getValue(stdContext);

     * First matching Employee having salary less than 4000
    emp = (Employeeparser.parseExpression(
        "#emps.^[salary < 4000]").getValue(stdContext);


It gives the following output,
Employee[4, FOUR, 4444.0]
Employee[1, ONE, 1111.0]


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