Fill arrays with ranges of numbers

Is there any syntax/package allowing quick filling of java arrays with ranges of numbers, like in perl?


int[] arr = new int[1000]; arr=(1..500,301..400,1001..1400); // returns [1,2,3,4,...,500,301,302,...,400,1001,1002,...1400]

Also, it here a package that allows getting the n-th number in such list of numbers as the above, without actually creating the array (which can be huge)?


BunchOfRangesType bort = new BunchOfRangesType("1..500","301..400","1001..1400"); bort.get(0); // return 1 bort.get(500); // return 301 bort.get(501); // return 302

It's not too difficult to implement, but I guess it might be common so maybe it was already done.

-------------Problems Reply------------

Not quite as clean as True Soft's answer, but you can use Google Guava to the same effect:

public class Test {

public static void main(String[] args) {
//one liner
int[] array = toArray(newLinkedList(concat(range(1, 10), range(500, 1000))));

//more readable
Iterable<Integer> values = concat(range(1, 10), range(500, 1000));
List<Integer> list = newLinkedList(values);
int[] array = toArray(list);


public static List<Integer> range(int min, int max) {
List<Integer> list = newLinkedList();
for (int i = min; i <= max; i++) {

return list;


Note you need a few static imports for this to work.

There is dollar:

// build the List 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
List<Integer> list2 = $(10, 15).toList();



As for the first question, whether it is possible to fill an array with the values of a range: it is actually possible to achieve that with the combination of Range, DiscreteDomain, ContiguousSet and Ints from Guava:

int[] array = Ints.toArray(
ContiguousSet.create(Range.closed(1, 500), DiscreteDomain.integers()));

And, not exactly what is mentioned in the second part of the question, but it is possible to create a set with the elements of a range of a discrete domain:

Set<Integer> numbersFrom1To500 =
ContiguousSet.create(Range.closed(1, 500), DiscreteDomain.integers());

The resulting Set will not contain the specified elements physically, only logically (so it's memory footprint will be small), but can be iterated (since it's a Set):

for (Integer integer : numbersFrom1To500) {

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