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generics - duplicate method declaration

Asha Venkata
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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Hello,

Can someone please explain why the Java compiler considers the following to be duplicate definition of the method foo():

public void foo (List<String> x) {}
public void foo (List<Integer> x) {}

Thanks
Asha
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Hi,

Welcome to JavaRanch!

Java generics work by erasure, meaning that they're largely a compile-time abstraction. At runtime, all reference to the type parameter is removed -- which means these two methods are identical.


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