Re: Yet another generics question: Needs unchecked conversion to conform to ...

"Michel T." <>
30 Dec 2006 17:07:40 -0800

Rather strangely it requires an intermediate variable. I have no idea
why. Captures are odd.

I tried and you are right, it got rid of the warning. But doing so, I
had changed the signature of the method that broke the client code
elsewhere. So I am back to the original version of the method that has
this signature:

 BeanFactory<Bean> createFactory2(Strig name)

I must use reflection to instantiate the factory. Otherwise, I would
not be posting that question ;)

Why must?

Here is a more complete example that explains in the comments why I am
doing all of this. If you enjoy generics enough to take a look at it
and comment, I'll be more than impressed!

import java.lang.reflect.Constructor;

public class Generics {

   * this code will be used in either an OSGi container,
   * or in a normal java application.
   * So Service implementations are loaded either from
   * the OSGi bundle context (when in an OSGi container)
   * or from the current class loader using reflection.
   * The service finder interface allows to locate the
   * Service implementation using a different strategy depending
   * on the runtime context.
   * Only the reflection strategy is shown here.
   * Experimenting with it, I found that I would
   * not have to define generices in the interfaces and class
   * if I did not have this method:
   * public void doSomethingWith(T component);
   * in the Service interface. Wanting to allow a generic type
   * as a parameter appears to force me to put generics everywhere.
  public static interface ServiceFinder<T extends ServiceComponent> {
    public Service<ServiceComponent> find(String id) throws Exception;

  public static class ServiceFinderUsingReflection
    implements ServiceFinder<ServiceComponent> {

    public Service<ServiceComponent> find(String serviceId)
      throws Exception{

      // in real life, the service class name
      // is computed differently using
      // a pattern or xml config file
      String serviceClass = serviceId;

      Class<?> bc = Class.forName(serviceClass);
      Class<? extends Service> bfc = bc.asSubclass(Service.class);

      Constructor<? extends Service> cstr =
        bfc.getConstructor(new Class[]{});
      Service<?> ret = cstr.newInstance(new Object[]{});

      // This is the warning I'd like to get rid of
      return (Service<ServiceComponent>)ret;

  public static interface Service<T extends ServiceComponent>{

    public T createServiceComponent();

     * Using generics here allows implementation class to
     * override using their own types.
    public void doSomethingWith(T component);

  public static abstract class ServiceComponent{

  // ------------------------------------
  // Sub-system external implementation
  // of Bean and BeanFactory

  public static class ServiceComponentX extends ServiceComponent {
    public void doIt(){

  public static class ServiceX implements Service<ServiceComponentX>{

     * Here, using generics, I can define methods that expect
     * a ServiceComponentX.
    public void doSomethingWith(ServiceComponentX c) {

    public ServiceComponentX createServiceComponent() {
      return new ServiceComponentX();
  // ------------------------------------

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

    // Use the reflection finder. We may also have chosen to
    // use, say, an OSGi-based finder that locates the service
    // using the OSGi bundle context.
    ServiceFinder<ServiceComponent> finder =
      new ServiceFinderUsingReflection();

    // Locate the service identified by the service id "ServiceX".
    // In this example, it happens to be the class name but in real
    // life, it is not the class name, but an ID from which the finder
    // implementation uses to locate the real service.
    Service<ServiceComponent> service = finder.find("ServiceX");

    ServiceComponent component = service.createServiceComponent();
    // Setup the component state here
    // ...

    // once it is setup,

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