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What is generic classes in Java, Please explain with an example?

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What is generic classes in Java, Please explain with an example?
posted Sep 21, 2014 by Amit Kumar Pandey

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A generic class declaration looks like a non-generic class declaration, except that the class name is followed by a type parameter section.

As with generic methods, the type parameter section of a generic class can have one or more type parameters separated by commas. These classes are known as parameterized classes or parameterized types because they accept one or more parameters.

Example:

Following example illustrates how we can define a generic class:

public class Box<T> {

  private T t;

  public void add(T t) {
    this.t = t;
  }

  public T get() {
    return t;
  }

  public static void main(String[] args) {
     Box<Integer> integerBox = new Box<Integer>();
     Box<String> stringBox = new Box<String>();

     integerBox.add(new Integer(10));
     stringBox.add(new String("Hello World"));

     System.out.printf("Integer Value :%d\n\n", integerBox.get());
     System.out.printf("String Value :%s\n", stringBox.get());
  }
}

This would produce the following result:

Integer Value :10

String Value :Hello World
answer Sep 23, 2014 by Kali Mishra
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