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Generics


  1. Introducing Generics

    Generics enable types (classes and interfaces) to be parameters when defining classes, interfaces and methods. Much like the more familiar formal parameters used in method declarations, type parameters provide a way for you to re-use the same code with different inputs.

  2. Type Inference

    Type inference is a Java compiler's ability to look at each method invocation and corresponding declaration to determine the type argument (or arguments) that make the invocation applicable.

  3. Wildcards

    In generic code, the question mark (?), called the wildcard, represents an unknown type. The following section discuss wildcards in more detail, including upper bounded wildcards, lower bounded wildcards, and wildcard capture.

  4. Type Erasure

    Type erasure ensures that no new classes are created for parameterized types; consequently, generics incur no runtime overhead.

  5. Restriction on Generics

    Restrictions on using Generics.



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