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I have a String[] with values like so:

public static final String[] VALUES = new String[] {"QW","WE","ER","RT"};

Given String s, is there a good way of testing whether VALUES contains s?

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There are several methods to do this:

Using Array.BinarySearch()

Using this method, we need to search a sorted array by repeatedly dividing the search interval in half until the value is found or the interval is empty.

public static int

   binarySearch(data_type arr, data_type key)

Using Linear search:

Using this method, array or list is traversed sequentially and every element is checked.

for (int element : arr)


   if (element == toCheckValue)


       return true;

List.contains() method:

If you want to check that a specified element exists in the given list or not.

public boolean contains(Object)

where object-element to be searched for.

Using stream.anyMatch method:

If you are using JAVA 8 or above you can try this method

boolean anyMatch(Predicate<T> predicate)

Where T is the type of input to the predicate

and the function returns true if any elements of

the stream match the provided predicate,

otherwise false.

For your problem test this:

String[] values = {"QW","WE","ER","RT"};

boolean contains = Arrays.stream(values).anyMatch("s"::equals);


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