Generics in Java with example

What is generics?

The concepts of generics in Java is pretty similar to templates in C++. Generics allow Integer, String, etc or
user-defined types to be passed a parameter to methods, classes, and interfaces.

HashSet, ArrayList, HashMap, etc has implemented generics and we can use them for any type.

Why we need generics?

Java generics has many benefits over the non-generic code. Following are some of the important ones:

  • Stronger type checks at compile time
  • Elimination of casts
  • Enabling programmers to implement generic algorithms

Generic class with example:

A generic class is defined with the following format:

class name<T1, T2, ..., Tn> { /* ... */ }

Generic class

 * Generic version of the User class.
 * @param <T> the type of the value
public class User<T> {
    // T stands for "Type"
    private T t;

    public void User(T t) { this.t = t; }
    public T get() { return t; }

Call generic class from main

 * Main class to call generic class.
 * @param -- no param
class Main
    public static void main (String[] args)
        // Integer type object
        User <Integer> objInt = new User<Integer>(15);

        // String type object
        User <String> objStr = new User<String>("Joe Smith");