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CSC3380 Object Oriented Design Lecture 8: Generics and Abstract Factory
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Milestone 1 Due in a little over a week. You must have implemented all the easy features. Record yourself using OBS and demonstrate each easy feature, proving that it works: Many of you have features like “basic functional website”. Just show that all the links work and any log-in systems are functioning correctly.
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This class Generic Types The Abstract Factory
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Generics/Templates Generics and templates allow you to write code that works on different types without requiring inheritance. You’ve seen this before: ArrayList<type> in Java std::vector<type> in C++ Writing a generic class is like writing a regular class, except you use a “fake” type which is filled in when the generic is used. “Generic” is roughly equivalent to “Template that isn’t as powerful” (C++ templates are turing-complete, Java generics are not)
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A generic class public class Matrix< T extends Number > { private T[] cells; public void Add( Matrix<T> o ) {…} public void Mult( Matrix<T> o ) {…} public void Scale( T value ) {…} public T get( int i, int j ) { return cells[i]; } }
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Generic class explanation “T” is the generic type variable. When people use this class they will substitute a real type for T: Matrix<Float> or Matrix<BigDecimal> “T” is an arbitrary name. It could be called “M” or “CoolType” In order to know how T can be used, we say that it “Extends” Number. The Number class contains methods to convert to specific types of Number.
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