Java 8 Optional filter only if present

I have a nullable object and I’m trying to throw an exception if the object is not null and does not meet a condition.

I try this way with Optional:

    .filter(object -> "A".equals(object.getStatus()))
    .orElseThrow(() -> new BusinessUncheckedException("exception message"));

When the object is not null, it works as I want, but otherwise, it throws the exception too (and I don’t want that).

There is a way to do that with Optional or other ways not using if object != null?

>Solution :

Assuming you aren’t doing anything with the returned object, you could use ifPresent and pass a Consumer

nullableObject.ifPresent(obj -> {
    if (!"A".equals(obj.getStatus())) {
        throw new BusinessUncheckedException("exception message");

Note: As @Pshemo mentioned in the comments, the contract of the Consumer functional interface allows throwing only RuntimeExceptions.

Otherwise, you are better off with a if check as you’ve mentioned.

IMO, using a filter on Optional for checks like these is not that readable/intuitive. I would prefer,

if (obj != null && !"A".equals(obj.getStatus())) {     
    throw new BusinessUncheckedException("exception message");

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