O'Reilly logo

Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition by Herbert Schildt

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Generics Fundamentals

At its core, the term generics means parameterized types. Parameterized types are important because they enable you to create classes, interfaces, and methods in which the type of data upon which they operate is specified as a parameter. A class, interface, or method that operates on a type parameter is called generic, as in generic class or generic method.

Ask the Expert

Q: I have heard that Java’s generics are similar to templates in C++. Is this the case?

A: Java generics are similar to templates in C++. What Java calls a parameterized type, C++ calls a template. However, Java generics and C++ templates are not the same, and there are some fundamental differences between the two approaches to generic types. For the ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required