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Retrofitted class

Moulya Ramanappa

Joined: Oct 24, 2005
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What is a retrofitted class in java? Would anyone explain with a simple example.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

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As to your question: the word "retrofitted" means that something old has been modified to work according to some new standard. It's not any kind of special computer term, just an ordinary English word. For example, the old classes java.util.Vector and java.util.Hashtable were "retrofitted" to implement the interfaces java.util.List and java.util.Map, respectively; these interfaces were introduced in JDK 1.2, while the original classes have existed since JDK 1.0 .

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Layne Lund
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This term is not very common in Java. The only place it seems to make sense is in the example that Ernest gave. If that doesn't answer your question, please provide some context for where you saw this term used?


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