# Lambdas

Lambdas are used to implement functional interfaces. Simply said, functional interfaces are interfaces with a single method definition. All listeners in Javacord are functional interfaces and look like this internally (simplified):

public interface MessageCreateListener {
    void onMessageCreate(MessageCreateEvent event);

Before Java 8, you would have implemented this kind of listener as an anonymous class, which would look like this:

api.addMessageCreateListener(new MessageCreateListener() {
    public void onMessageCreate(MessageCreateEvent event) {
        // Do stuff

In Java 8, this can be replaced with a lambda expression, which does exactly the same thing, but in a more readable fashion. The method parameter (in this case event) is written in front of the -> arrow, and the method body is written after it.

api.addMessageCreateListener(event -> {
    // Do stuff


If the method has more than one parameter, it would look like this:

(param1, param2) -> { ... }

There's even a shorter version: If you are only executing one statement, you can get rid of the { } brackets as well:

api.addMessageCreateListener(event -> event.pinMessage());

However, the above method can be shortened even more, by replacing the lambda expression with a so called "method reference".


There are also plenty classes in Java 8, that make use of lambda expressions. One example would be the Optional class, which is explained here.

# 📚 Further Read

This tutorial only focuses on the absolute basics. For an in-depth introduction to lambda expressions, you can take a look at Oracle's article about lambda expressions.