Re: Another generics limitation

Piotr Kobzda <>
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 10:31:38 +0200
Daniel Dyer wrote:

When using generics with multiple bounds, like this:

    private <T extends List & Serializable> void method(T t)
       // Do something.

It seems that this method is useless to me without knowing, in advance,
the concrete type of T. What I really want is to be able to cast to a
type intersection. For example:

   method((List & Serializable) myObject)

But, of course, this isn't legal. It appears that the only option is to
write a wrapper that implements both interfaces and use that.

Ignoring type safety you can cast to intersection type being the method
type variable, this way:

     private <T extends List & Serializable> void methodFor(List list)

And than make a use of type erasure to invoke the method without
specifying concrete type arguments, like this:

     private void methodForSerializableList(Object obj)
         abstract class AnySuitableType implements List, Serializable {};

This is very awful solution and I can not recommend it. But as well as
Java Generics is implemented using the type erasure it should work as
expected. That is it should work fine for:

     methodForSerializableList(new ArrayList());

and throw ClassCastException for:

     methodForSerializableList(new Object());
     methodForSerializableList(new Serializable() {});


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