Generics methods in java example

The methods which can handle different types of arguments are known as generic methods. Types of the argument are specified on method call.

Syntax: generic method includes a type parameter, inside angle brackets and appears before the method’s return type.

public static <T> T identical(T obj){
        return returnValue;
 }

Example:

GenericsTest.java

/**
 * This class is used to show the use of generics method.
 * @author javawithease
 */
class Test {
  //Generics method
  public <T> void showItemDetails(T item){
	  System.out.println("Value of the item: " + item);
	  System.out.println("Type of the item: " 
			  + item.getClass().getName());
  }
}
 
public class GenericsTest {	
	public static void main(String args[]){
		//String type test
		Test test = new Test();
		test.showItemDetails("Test String.");
		test.showItemDetails(100);
	}
}

Output:

Value of the item: Test String.
Type of the item: java.lang.String
Value of the item: 100
Type of the item: java.lang.Integer

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