[SOLVED] Why BiPredicate evaluates the two boolean conditions prior to applying the test function – Stack Overflow


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Consider this sample code:

public static void main(String[] args){
    SomeObj obj = null;
    if (obj == null || obj.getSomeMethod() == null) {
        System.out.println("Obj is null");

    if (result((x, y) -> x == null || y == null, obj, obj.getSomeMethod())) {
        System.out.println("Obj is null");

private static <X, Y> boolean result(final BiPredicate<X, Y> p, final X argX, final Y argY){
    return p.test(argX, argY);

In the first If condition I get the message “obj is null” but in the second If condition I get a NullPointerException.
This BiPredicate should’t be a short circuit operator (if the first condition is true don’t bother evaluating the second one)?


No, you’re passing three arguments to result:

  • The BiPredicate
  • X
  • Y

They get evaluated before calling result, which means the BiPredicate is evaluated and returns a BiPredicate (which is not executed), then X is evaluated, than Y but Y is obj.getSomeMethod() and obj is null, so the NullPointerException is thrown.

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