I always have trouble finding the syntax for writing a method that takes and returns a generic type, and even more frequently the syntax for passing generic types to a generic method (eg, passing a List<Something>). This is a common pattern when deserializing JSON from http responses back into objects. So for my own easy retieval in future, here it is.
First the simple case – a generic method (just wrapping a call to a Javax Response.readEntity)
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And here’s the syntax of a method that takes a GenericType object as argument (ie, which can take the class of a generic type as an argument), and for the calling that generic method.
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One of the trickier aspects of this whole game, is what to name the identifier of the type parameter. You cant call it “class” as that’s a reserved keyword and opinion seems to be divided between “clazz” and “klass”. In this example I’ve opted out and called it “type”.