I'm not versed in technical java terms because I am transitioning from a different language so I will phrase my question sort of generically...
I have 489 unique names (ASCII) each with an associated ID number. I can store this data set any way I choose. My input is a single string which I need to correlate to one of the names in my data set to retrieve the associated ID number.
My two questions are:
1. How should I store the data set?
2. What is the best way to search the set and retrieve the correct ID number?