Extending Enum

"lroland@gmail.com" <lroland@gmail.com>
15 May 2007 10:00:58 -0700
Hi all

Due to a somewhat strange external requirement I need to ensure that
most of our enums can be treated as a single type that contains a
getDescription() method. Given the enum keyword is just syntactic
sugar for extending the Enum abstract class my initial idea was to do
something like this:
public interface EnumDescription<E extends Enum<E>> {
    public String getDescription();

With the implementing enum ending up as
public enum Flag implements EnumDescription<Flag> {
    ALL("All"), UNFLAGGED("Unflagged"), RED("Flagged with red flag"),
            "Flagged with green flag"), BLUE("Flagged with blue flag");
    private String description;
    Flag(String description) {
        this.description = description;
    public String getDescription() {
        return description;

Which of cause looses all the enum type information - i.e. the
following will not work because "ordinal" does not exists in the

public static void main(String[] args) {
    // full enums
    Flag[] flags = Flag.values();

    // print description and ordinal
    String s = new String();
    for (EnumDescription<?> d : flags) {
        s += " '" + d.getDescription() + " (id: " + d.ordinal() + ")' ";

Given i also need the other enum methods (valueOf...) it does not
seams like a sensible solution to just add then to the interface
(valueOf is also static which creates its own set of problems). So
basically I need a way to keep the type information from Enum in my
new type - is this even possible ?.

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