Posted by dwalend
on September 9, 2006 at 8:54 AM PDT
Thanks everyone for supporting my generics RFE. Here's a link to the brief dialog I had with a Sun engineer.
Back in May I blogged about simplifying my generics code with dot accessors to the type parameters, to simplify code that currently looks like this:
public class FloydWarshall<Node,
BaseDigraph extends IndexedDigraph<Node,Edge>,
LabelDigraph extends IndexedMutableOverlayDigraph<Node,Label,Edge,BaseDigraph>,
SRing extends Semiring<Node,Edge,Label,BaseDigraph,LabelDigraph>>
into something more like this:
public class FloydWarshall<SRing extends Semiring>
The request for enhancement made it into Sun's database. Seven of you voted for it in as many hours. Thanks.
I also had what I think was a revealing back-and-forth with a Sun engineer. I'm a bit disappointed it ended as quickly as it did, but I hope my suggestion planted some seeds for further thought about how the Generics language features can mature. I think the dialog in the RFE makes interesting reading.