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Doubt in a question of Generics

Bijendra S. Rajput
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Joined: Sep 19, 2006
Posts: 41

I took this question from javabeat site.

Which ones of the following lines can be compiled without an error?

a)Basket b = new Basket();

b)Basket b1 = new Basket<Fruit>();

c)Basket<Fruit> b2 = new Basket<Fruit>();

d)Basket<Apple> b3 = new Basket<Fruit>();

e)Basket<Fruit> b4 = new Basket<Apple>();

f)Basket<?> b5 = new Basket<Apple>();

g)Basket<Apple> b6 = new Basket<?>();

Ans. a, b, c, f

But according to me, the answer should be a,c and f.
I did not get why ans b is also correct.
Can anyone through a light on it.

Thanks <br /> <br />Regards,<br />------------------------------<br />Bijendra S. Rajput<br />SCJP 1.5<br />------------------------------
Keith Lynn
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Joined: Feb 07, 2005
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Remember that generics are implemented through type erasure, so Basket<Fruit> is a Basket. When you use a raw type though you lose the type checking at compile-time.
I agree. Here's the link:
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