How to check if an array (unsorted) contains a certain value? This is a very useful and frequently used operation in Java. It is also a top voted question on Stack Overflow. As shown in top voted answers, checking if an array contains a certain value can be done in several different ways, but the time complexity could be very different. In the following I will show the time each method takes.
While analyzing source code of a large number of open source Java projects, I found Java developers frequently sort in two ways. One is using the sort() method of Collections or Arrays, and the other is using sorted data structures, such as TreeMap and TreeSet.