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Generics question

Rikesh Desai
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
Posts: 83
Source : ExamLab



At line 1, why is new E() not possible??
As from line 2,
? super T --> E super T which implies T extends E
T extends E from --> public <T extends E>...

everything matches, then why is new A(); only possible and not new E()??


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Maren Fisher
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Joined: Nov 29, 2009
Posts: 7
You cannot do "new E()" because E is just a placeholder for a type that will be defined when you instantiate the class. The compiler does not know what type E represents.

You can do new A because A is a concrete class. But for E all you know is it is a type that extends A, but you don't know what that type that is. Hence you cannot do new E();
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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