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

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Bounded Types

In the preceding examples, the type parameters could be replaced by any class type. This is fine for many purposes, but sometimes it is useful to limit the types that can be passed to a type parameter. For example, assume that you want to create a generic class that stores a numeric value and is capable of performing various mathematical functions, such as computing the reciprocal or obtaining the fractional component. Furthermore, you want to use the class to compute these quantities for any type of number, including integers, floats, and doubles. Thus, you want to specify the type of the numbers generically, using a type parameter. To create such a class, you might try something like this:

Unfortunately, NumericFns will not compile ...

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