[jdom-interest] Java 5.0 JDOM Plans?

Bradley S. Huffman hip at a.cs.okstate.edu
Tue Aug 30 14:39:01 PDT 2005

Jason Hunter writes:

> Victor Toni wrote:
> > Actually there is no really a need for a fork because the Java compiler 
> > and the compiler from Eclipse have the (not well documented) feature to 
> > compile code with generics for the 1.4 version.
> > As long as only generics and the enhanced for-loop are used there should 
> > be no problem to use the same code base for Java 1.4 and Java 5.
> > I am using it myself and it works very well for me but I might have a 
> > smaller user base ;-)
> It's the covariant return types that we most want, and that JDK 1.4 
> doesn't provide.  This is where you can override a method and return a 
> more specific type than the superclass returns.

Which methods would benefit from this? Other than clone().


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