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From Jörn Kottmann <kottm...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: AnnotationIndex generification
Date Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:19:04 GMT
Marshall Schor wrote:
> A user had written this:
>   public static <T extends Annotation> Iterator<T> annotationsIterator(
>       JCas aJCas, int type) {
>     return aJCas.getAnnotationIndex(type).iterator();  // fails, cannot
> convert from FSIterator<AnnotationFS> to Iterator<T>
>   }
> This compile-time error can be eliminated by changing the generification
> of AnnotationIndex as follows:
> Currently AnnotationIndex is defined:
>   public interface AnnotationIndex extends FSIndex<AnnotationFS>
> If the definition is changed to:
>   public interface AnnotationIndex <T extends AnnotationBaseFS> extends
> FSIndex<T>
> then the user's code above no longer gives a compile-time error.  (It
> does give a warning though - an unchecked conversion is needed).
> This change makes AnnotationIndex, itself, a generic type, with a type
> parameter indicating the type the index is over.
> Is this a correct improvement?
In my opinion it must be

public interface AnnotationIndex <T extends AnnotationFS> extends

because the AnnotationIndex interface promises to only contain
uima.tcas.Annotations and if T extends AnnotationBaseFS it could
be somthing else, right ?



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