Flyweight Pattern Example

The following programs illustrate the document example given above: the flyweights are called FontData in the Java example.

The examples illustrate the flyweight pattern used to reduce memory by loading only the data necessary to perform some immediate task from a large Font object into a much smaller FontData (flyweight) object.

public enum FontEffect {
public final class FontData {
     * A weak hash map will drop unused references to FontData.
     * Values have to be wrapped in WeakReferences, 
     * because value objects in weak hash map are held by strong references.
    private static final WeakHashMap<FontData, WeakReference<FontData>> FLY_WEIGHT_DATA =
        new WeakHashMap<FontData, WeakReference<FontData>>();
    private final int pointSize;
    private final String fontFace;
    private final Color color;
    private final Set<FontEffect> effects;
    private FontData(int pointSize, String fontFace, Color color, EnumSet<FontEffect> effects) {
        this.pointSize = pointSize;
        this.fontFace = fontFace;
        this.color = color;
        this.effects = Collections.unmodifiableSet(effects);
    public static FontData create(int pointSize, String fontFace, Color color,
        FontEffect... effects) {
        EnumSet<FontEffect> effectsSet = EnumSet.noneOf(FontEffect.class);
        for (FontEffect fontEffect : effects) {
        // We are unconcerned with object creation cost, we are reducing overall memory consumption
        FontData data = new FontData(pointSize, fontFace, color, effectsSet);
        // Retrieve previously created instance with the given values if it (still) exists
        WeakReference<FontData> ref = FLY_WEIGHT_DATA.get(data);
        FontData result = (ref != null) ? ref.get() : null;
        // Store new font data instance if no matching instance exists
        if (result == null) {
            FLY_WEIGHT_DATA.put(data, new WeakReference<FontData> (data));
            result = data;
        // return the single immutable copy with the given values
        return result;
    public boolean equals(Object obj) {
        if (obj instanceof FontData) {
            if (obj == this) {
                return true;
            FontData other = (FontData) obj;
            return other.pointSize == pointSize && other.fontFace.equals(fontFace)
                && other.color.equals(color) && other.effects.equals(effects);
        return false;
    public int hashCode() {
        return (pointSize * 37 + effects.hashCode() * 13) * fontFace.hashCode();
    // Getters for the font data, but no setters. FontData is immutable.