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Java generics and multiple parameterized class with inheritance

This tutorial will try to explain how to use multiple generic parameters in Java and also along the way the advantage of using this feature.

Normally I use this when I have a method in a base class that returns a generic type. For example:
public class Parent<E extends BaseType> {
  public E e;

  public E getType() {
    return e;

public class Child extends Parent {
  public Child() {

public class Type extends BaseType {

The example doesn't make sense in business but if you will look at it as a piece of code you can see that you can get the dynamic type specified in Child in Parent class.

Now a more logical example :-) Assume that have the following:
entity User, Role;
service: UserService, RoleService
bean: UserBean, RoleBean

Often we do a CRUD for these types of entities and so we need dynamic page generation and extendable entity, bean and service. That will do common things like for example in service: find, create, delete, update.

Let's start with the entity User and Role, both of them should extend a BaseEntity. I'll omit the annotation since I'm lame :-).
public interface IEntity {
  public Long getId();

public class BaseEntity implements Serializable, IEntity {
  private Long id;

public class User extends BaseEntity {
  private String username;

public class Role extends BaseEntity {
  private String roleName;
Now recently I encountered a problem where I want to parameterized the entity and service in a baseBean. So I first configure the base service:
public interfaces IPersistenceService {
  public void create();
  public void remove();

public abstract class PersistenceService<E extends IEntity> implements IPersistenceService<E> {
  public void create() { //.. }
  public void remove() { //.. }

//Why extends? because whether the IEntity is a class or interface, E always extends it.
Now the much complicated part, how do I pass the entity and service dynamically to a base bean?
public class BaseBean<E extends IEntity, T extends PersistenceService<E>> {
  private E entity;
  private T persistenceService;

  public void create() {

public class UserBean<User, UserService> extends BaseBean {
  public UserBean() {
    super(User.class, UserService.class);

public class RoleBean<User, RoleService> extends BaseBean {
  public RoleBean() {
    super(Role.class, RoleService.class);
Also take note that I was successful in injecting a generic service :-).

Now what if I have an unknown action and I want to get the BaseBean with the correct type? Here's how I did it:
public BaseBean<? extends IEntity, ? extends PersistenceService<?>> getBaseBean() {
  return null;
Java generics and multiple parameterized class with inheritance Java generics and multiple parameterized class with inheritance Reviewed by Edward Legaspi on Friday, June 07, 2013 Rating: 5

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