Java Stream skip()

Stream skip(n) method is used to skip the first 'n' elements from the given Stream.

The skip() method returns a new Stream consisting of the remaining elements of the original Stream, after the specified n elements have been discarded in the encounter order.

1. Stream skip() Method

1.1. Method Syntax

Stream<T> skip(long n)

The n is the number of leading elements to be discarded. It returns a new Stream consisting of elements picked from the original stream.

The method may throw IllegalArgumentException if n is negative.

1.2. Description

  • Stream skip() method is stateful intermediate operation. Stateful operations, such as distinct and sorted, may incorporate state from previously seen elements when processing new elements.
  • Returns a stream consisting of the remaining elements of the stream after discarding the first n elements of the stream.
  • If the stream contains fewer than n elements then an empty stream will be returned.
  • Generally skip() is a cheap operation, it can be quite expensive on ordered parallel pipelines, especially for large values of n.
  • Using an unordered stream source (such as generate(Supplier)) or removing the ordering constraint with BaseStream.unordered() may result in significant speedups of skip() in parallel pipelines.
  • skip() skips the first n elements in the encounter order.

2. Stream skip() Example

In this Java program, we are using the skip() method to skip the first 5 even numbers from an infinite stream of even numbers and then collect the next 10 even numbers into a new Stream.

Stream<Integer> evenNumInfiniteStream = Stream.iterate(0, n -> n + 2);

List<Integer> newList = evenNumInfiniteStream

Program output.

[10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28]

3. Conclusion

The Stream skip() method can be useful in certain cases where we need to get the elements from a Stream but first, we need to skip a few elements from the Stream.

The fact, that skip() returns the elements in the encounter order, makes it very useful for normal business usecases as well.

Happy Learning !!

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