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Generics: how to read

Anthony Karta
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Joined: Aug 09, 2004
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I look at the Collections.java source and found this method header:


how to understand/read the return part


in plain english

thanks


SCJP 5
Barry Gaunt
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Joined: Aug 03, 2002
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There is no return part - the method is returning void. The input list is sorted in place.

The <T extends Comparable<? super T>> is the condition on the parameter type of the list to be sorted: List<T>

I read it as "The input parameter is a list of objects of type T such that T must be comparable with an object of the same type or comparable to a superclass of the same type T".
[ July 21, 2006: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]

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