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From "Stephen Colebourne (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (COLLECTIONS-110) [collections] Support parametized classes with commons.collections.
Date Fri, 09 Jun 2006 23:01:30 GMT
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Stephen Colebourne commented on COLLECTIONS-110:

Perhaps a key reason that collections isn't generified is that I don't use JDK1.5 in my day
job. Furthermore, I'm seriously considering turning off generics as best as possible when
we do upgrade.

Every time I start to try and get my head around them, I realise just how confusing and messy
they are. Reams of rules, exceptions to rules, strange corner cases, unexpected consequences...
When the FAQ has to be classified and have an index and a glossary you really should recognise
very bad code smell.

So there. I've said it publicly now. I just plain don't like generics.

> [collections] Support parametized classes with commons.collections.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: COLLECTIONS-110
>          URL:
>      Project: Commons Collections
>         Type: Bug

>  Environment: Operating System: other
> Platform: Other
>     Reporter: Colbert Philippe

> It's time to create a parallel version of commons.collections to support 
> parametized classes of each container class and abstract class.  It's not that 
> hard.  There is a 23 PDF document on Sun Java website describing in detail how 
> it should be done and what to watch out for.
> I already converted a few classes from commons.collection privately for my own 
> needs.  Once you get the hang of it, it's a rather quick process.
> I am even willing to volunteer my time to do some more but I need the 
> collaboration of some of the original programmers to watch over things.

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