Re: Still no typedef

Lew <>
Wed, 05 Dec 2007 14:29:41 -0500
<> wrote:

I don't think it's a debate for the best language, just that declaring
some variable using generics can be quite long.

Map<String, Container<Entity, Comparator<Entity>>> myVariable=...
Iterator<Container<Entity, Comparator<Entity>>> iterator =

suppose the definition of Entity contains also some generics :
Entity becomes Entity<Node, RendererType>

the declaration of the Iterator becomes :

Iterator<Container<Entity<Node, RendererType>, Comparator<Entity<Node,
iterator = ...

which becomes quite long :(

using a kinf of type def :

typedef Entity<Node, RendererType> nodeEntity;

Type names should start with an upper-case letter.

typedef Container<nodeEntity, Comparator<nodeEntity>> containerEntity;

the iterator becomes :
Iterator<containerEntity> iterator = ...
shorter and more readable

public void shortcutMethod()
   class NodeEntity extends Entity <Node, Renderer> {}
   NodeEntity entity;

Only works with extendable classes, of course, and has consequences.

But why give up the documentation value of the generic types? That seems like
false economy to me.


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