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How to declare an ArrayList

albert kao
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Which of the following two definitions is better?
Is there a better way than the following two definitions?

Campbell Ritchie
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Please don’t add a new question to an old post. Fortunately I can split your question into a new thread.
They are both poor forms. The correct way to do it in Java7 is
In older versions of Java you would writeThe reason is that the declaration does not commit you to using an ArrayList; you could use a LinkedList or other sort of List anywhere. Your outer List could even contain several different List implementations, but they would all contain Integers.
You should only use the constructor argument 5 if you are sure you will be using 5 elements.
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You can use different kinds of List; you might reassign the reference like this
 
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