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Why Generics and not 'Specifics'

Dave Brown
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Joined: Mar 08, 2005
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Probably missing something really obvious here but with the introduction of Generics the compiler can see a collection is intended to hold a Specific object.. not a Generic object..

List<String> is 'Specific'ally a list of Strings.. but List on its own is a generic list... can hold any object....

It seems backwards to me, but as I said I'm sure I'm missing something obivous !!

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Mike Simmons
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Joined: Mar 05, 2008
Posts: 3025
I talked about this a bit just the other day in my third post here.
I agree. Here's the link:
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