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util.Arrays vs reflect.Array in Java with Examples

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Array class in java.lang.reflect package is a part of the Java Reflection. This class provides static methods to create and access Java arrays dynamically. It is a final class, which means it can’t be instantiated or changed. Only the methods of this class can be used by the class name itself. On the other hand, Arrays class in java.util package is a part of the Java Collection Framework. This class provides static methods to dynamically create and access Java arrays. It consists of only static methods and the methods of Object class. The methods of this class can be used by the class name itself.

Let us directly discuss major differences via table as follows on basic of few factor as listed: 

Difference between Array and Arrays

BasicArrayArrays
Package Existence in class hierrarchy The Array class exists in the java.lang.reflect packageThe Arrays class exists in java.util package
Class Hierrarchy 
java.lang.Object
 ↳ java.lang.reflect
  ↳ Class Array
java.lang.Object
 ↳ java.util
  ↳ Class Arrays
ImmutabilityThe Array class is immutable in natureArrays class is not immutable in nature. By immutable, it means that the class cannot be extended or inherited. The Array class is declared as final to achieve immutability.
Class declaration
public final class Array
extends Object
public class Arrays
extends Object
UsageArray class provides static methods to dynamically create and access Java arrays. This Array class keeps the array to be type-safe.Arrays class contains various methods for manipulating arrays (such as sorting and searching)

Implementation:

Java

// Java program to Illustrate Usage of Array class
// vs Arrays Class
 
// Importing both classes from resprective packages
import java.lang.reflect.Array;
import java.util.Arrays;
 
// Main class
public class GFG {
 
    // Main driver method
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
 
        // Getting the size of the array
        int[] intArray = new int[5];
 
        // Adding elements into the array
        // using setInt() method of Array class
        Array.setInt(intArray, 0, 10);
 
        // Printing the Array content
        // using util.Arrays class
        System.out.println(Arrays.toString(intArray));
    }
}

                    

Output: 
[10, 0, 0, 0, 0]

 

Last Updated : 21 Jan, 2022
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