Generics in Java
by Eric M. Burke
Related link: http://www.ociweb.com/jnb/jnbJul2003.html
Check out this introduction to Java Generics, a new language feature coming in Java 1.5. Rob Smith is a fellow consultant with OCI, the company I work for. I reviewed his article before he published it. Highlights:
- generics syntax
- using generics with the collections API
- covariant return types
I really enjoyed the article because it provided a quick overview of this new Java feature with enough technical "meat" to make it worthwhile. For example, I was not aware that Sun was moving forward with covariant return types until seeing Rob's examples. I'm also really pleased with the clean syntax possible with boxing/unboxing of primitives.