This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
In that declaration, <String> doesn't mean java.lang.String, you are creating a new type, just like <T>, so in the class, when you use String, it will not represent java.lang.String. The code actually can be written like this too