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RawType and ClassCastException

Aniket Patil
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Joined: May 02, 2006
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import java.util.*;

class RawType
public static void main(String[ ] args)
List<Integer> l = new ArrayList<Integer>( );
Object o = l.get(0); <---This works
for(Object s :l ) <--- This doesen't work, exception thrown, why?

static void insert(List l1)
l1.add(new Float(12.3));


I am trying to store a List<Integer> refernce in an Object using the modified for loop. When the "get( )" method is used, it correctly stores a Float in Object. However, in the modified for loop, it throws a ClassCast Exception. Why does it work for the get( ) method and not in the second case?
[ May 17, 2006: Message edited by: Aniket Patil ]

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wise owen
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Joined: Feb 02, 2006
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for-each loop uses "Iterator<Integer> iterator()" in your case.
Tiffiny Yang
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Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Posts: 124

I tried you code, it works , no run-time excetption thrown.
Aniket Patil
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Joined: May 02, 2006
Posts: 218
Owen, many thanks for that link. It cleared my doubt.

Tiffany, i am using JDK 1.5.06 and the code still throws an exception. The reason being an Iterator<Integer> is used by the enhanced-for loop, which expects to find and retrieve Integer objects in the list.

However, the iterator encounters a Float in the list, and it has no hope of being able to convert a Float into an Integer due to which it fails to do its job of retrieval. Hence a ClassCastException is thrown as follows:
java RawType
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ClassCastException: java.lang.Float
at RawType.main(
I agree. Here's the link:
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