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henri henri
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In the method below, do I need to use <String> as it is in the method declaration of the second example of the same method?


Tony Morris
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You don't need to.
You might return a List<?> or a List<? super String>.
There isn't much point to returning a List<? extends String> even though the compiler will permit it. It's all up to the definition of the contract that you are providing to your clients.


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Jesper de Jong
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Note that java.lang.String is a final class (you can't subclass it), so List<? extends String> or List<? super String> isn't necessary.

Just use List<String> as in your second version of the method.


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Tony Morris
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Originally posted by Jesper de Jong:
Note that java.lang.String is a final class (you can't subclass it), so List<? extends String> or List<? super String> isn't necessary.

Just use List<String> as in your second version of the method.


List<? extends String> makes no sense.
List<? super String> may certainly be sensible in some given context.
I said that already.
 
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