Java Tutorial - How to use Java generic interface

In Java we create generic interface.


Here is the generalized syntax for a generic interface:

interface interface-name<type-param-list> { // ...

type-param-list is a comma-separated list of type parameters. When a generic interface is implemented, you must specify the type arguments, as shown here:

class class-name<type-param-list> 
   implements interface-name<type-arg-list> {


In general, if a class implements a generic interface, then that class must also be generic. If a class implements a specific type of generic interface, such as shown here:

class MyClass implements MinMax<Integer> { // OK

then the implementing class does not need to be generic.

Generic interfaces are specified like generic classes.


interface MinMax<T extends Comparable<T>> {
  T max();//from  w w w  . jav a  2s.c o m
class MyClass<T extends Comparable<T>> implements MinMax<T> {
  T[] vals;
  MyClass(T[] o) {
    vals = o;
  public T max() {
    T v = vals[0];
    for (int i = 1; i < vals.length; i++) {
      if (vals[i].compareTo(v) > 0) {
        v = vals[i];
    return v;

public class Main {
  public static void main(String args[]) {
    Integer inums[] = { 3, 6, 2, 8, 6 };
    Character chs[] = { 'b', 'r', 'p', 'w' };
    MyClass<Integer> a = new MyClass<Integer>(inums);
    MyClass<Character> b = new MyClass<Character>(chs);

The code above generates the following result.