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Easier Java Generics object construction

I’ve been programming with JDK 5.0 for a bit now and just love the generics features. However, I find that I keep repeating myself when constructing collection instances.

For example:

Map<String, Collection<File>> files =
  new HashMap<String, Collection<File>>();

I recently discovered in this blog posting that a simple static method would allow:

Map<String, Collection<File>> files = Util.newMap();

The code for the utility (excerpted from the blog entry referenced above) looks like this:

public static <K,V> Map<K,V> newMap()
  return new HashMap<K,V>();

Clearly, saves a bunch of typing and is easy to implement. The author of the posting mentioned he’s added it as an RFE as well.

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