Sunday, March 1, 2015

Java 8 Stream to Rx-Java Observable

I was recently looking at a way to convert a Java 8 Stream to Rx-Java Observable.

There is one api in Observable that appears to do this :

public static final <T> Observable<T> from(java.lang.Iterable<? extends T> iterable)

So now the question is how do we transform a Stream to an Iterable. Stream does not implement the Iterable interface, and there are good reasons for this. So to return an Iterable from a Stream, you can do the following:

Iterable iterable = new Iterable() {
    public Iterator iterator() {
        return aStream.iterator();


Since Iterable is a Java 8 functional interface, this can be simplified to the following using Java 8 Lambda expressions!:


First look it does appear cryptic, however if it is seen as a way to simplify the expanded form of Iterable then it slowly starts to make sense.

This is entirely based on what I read on this Stackoverflow question.

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