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How I learnt to like Optional

I used to see Optional<Something> as a completely useless addition to Java, adding to the bloat of Java without being any clearer than checking if a reference is null.

I have changed my mind, and now think Optional<> can be useful in making code simpler, easier to understand, and more robust.

The reason I changed my mind, was the usefulness of Optional.orElseThrow() when having to traverse deeply nested data structures in Java code.

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