Re: Generics question

Lew <>
Sat, 18 Apr 2009 12:44:02 -0400
kelvSYC wrote:

Suppose I have a class Foo, which has subclasses Foo1 and Foo2. Now,
suppose I need a map whose key type is Class<T extends Foo> and whose
value type is Set<T> (that is, if the key type is Foo1.class, then the
value type is Set<Foo1>).

Is it even possible to declare such a type using generics or do I have
to do something in a roundabout way?

I couldn't find a way to declare it directly.

Mark Space wrote:

I think so, give a certain assumptions about what you really want. Try
this method:

    public static <X extends Foo> Map<Class<X>,Set<X>> getFooMap() {
        return new HashMap<Class<X>,Set<X>>();

It's somewhat roundabout, although not too much I think. Then you can
do the following. The last line below is a compile time error.

        Map<Class<Foo>,Set<Foo>> foos = getFooMap();
        Map<Class<Foo1>,Set<Foo1>> foos1 = getFooMap();
        Map<Class<Foo2>,Set<Foo2>> foos2 = getFooMap();
        Map<Class<Foo1>,Set<Foo2>> foosX = getFooMap(); // oops

I came up with the same kind of method and a holder/factory class idiom:

   package testit;

   import java.util.HashMap;
   import java.util.Map;
   import java.util.Set;

   public class Generitor <T extends Foo>
     private Map <Class <T>, Set <T>> generators =
             new HashMap <Class <T>, Set <T>> ();

     public static <F extends Foo> Map <Class <F>, Set <F>>
       return new HashMap <Class <F>, Set <F>> ();

     public Map <Class <T>, Set <T>> getGenerators()
       return this.generators;

     public Map <Class <T>, Set <T>> newGenerators()
       return new HashMap <Class <T>, Set <T>> ();


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