Java 5: Generics

Java 5 features
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The generics is introduced in Java 5 to provide a type-safety at compile time and to avoid the ClassCastException at runtime. By using generics for example you can prevent adding an Integer to a Java collection of Strings.

Generic wildcards.

  1. The Unknown Wildcard List<?> means the list type is unknown. This could be a List<Integer>, a List<StringBuffer> or a List<String> etc.
  2. The extends Wildcard List<? extends MyClass> means a List of instances of the class MyClass or its subclasses.
  3. The super WildcardList<? super MyClass> means a list of either the class MyClass, or a superclass of MyClass.

Example 1: Generics in Java code

What is the output of the following code?

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class MyClass
  public static void main(String args[])
    ArrayList<String> movies = new ArrayList<String>();
    movies.add("The Godfather");
    movies.add("The Lord of the Rings");
    for(String element: movies)
Author: Sar Maroof

Answer explanation

The output of this program is:

The Godfather
The Lord of the Rings

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