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Offline ryanm

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« Posted 2007-03-08 14:19:43 »

Does anyone know the reason that, while the add operations on collections (.add( foo ), .put( foo, bar ), .offer( foo ), etc) are genericised, other operations like .remove( foo ) and .contains( foo ) are not?

The only reason I can come up with is that it is more convenient, as you don't have to instanceof and cast if all you have is an Object, at the expense of compile-time safety (Say you change a List<Foo> to a List<Bar>, all of your calls to add( foo ) are now compilation errors, but any remove() and contains() calls that you missed in the change will now cause non-obvious runtime errors).

Is there a better reason? Or am I just on the swings side of this tradeoff, and everyone else is having a great time on the roundabouts?
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