Thinking about it, I'm not sure how you could do it. You would have to
instantiate a type, which you can't do in generics. So this would be the
only way to do it.

I guess the reason. There is no way to do a:
T[] array = new T[list.size()];

You can't instantiate it so, I'm not sure any other way. In fact, I'm real
curious now to see how they do it at all.

James R. Perkins

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 11:56, Thorbjoern Ravn Andersen <ravn@xxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

James Perkins skrev:
Now, all that being said if you still need to return an array all you
to do is rs.toArray(new String[0]). This has to do with generics. The
default List.toArray() method will only return an array of objects. The
List.toArray(T[]) is used to return the generic type. Without looking at
code I couldn't tell you why it's designed like that, but Joshua Bloch
had a
lot to do with the Collections library, so I trust there may be a good

This is actually quite old - I believe it was introduced in Java 1.2 -
and the compiler had no way of letting the toArrary() method know what
type is on the left side of the assignment. Is this easier these days
with generics (still learning).

Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen " Tubular Bells!"

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