Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

javax.lang.model.util
Interface Types


public interface Types

Utility methods for operating on types.

Compatibility Note: Methods may be added to this interface in future releases of the platform.

Since:
1.6
See Also:
ProcessingEnvironment.getTypeUtils()

Method Summary
 Element asElement(TypeMirror t)
          Returns the element corresponding to a type.
 TypeMirror asMemberOf(DeclaredType containing, Element element)
          Returns the type of an element when that element is viewed as a member of, or otherwise directly contained by, a given type.
 TypeElement boxedClass(PrimitiveType p)
          Returns the class of a boxed value of a given primitive type.
 TypeMirror capture(TypeMirror t)
          Applies capture conversion to a type.
 boolean contains(TypeMirror t1, TypeMirror t2)
          Tests whether one type argument contains another.
 List<? extends TypeMirror> directSupertypes(TypeMirror t)
          Returns the direct supertypes of a type.
 TypeMirror erasure(TypeMirror t)
          Returns the erasure of a type.
 ArrayType getArrayType(TypeMirror componentType)
          Returns an array type with the specified component type.
 DeclaredType getDeclaredType(DeclaredType containing, TypeElement typeElem, TypeMirror... typeArgs)
          Returns the type corresponding to a type element and actual type arguments, given a containing type of which it is a member.
 DeclaredType getDeclaredType(TypeElement typeElem, TypeMirror... typeArgs)
          Returns the type corresponding to a type element and actual type arguments.
 NoType getNoType(TypeKind kind)
          Returns a pseudo-type used where no actual type is appropriate.
 NullType getNullType()
          Returns the null type.
 PrimitiveType getPrimitiveType(TypeKind kind)
          Returns a primitive type.
 WildcardType getWildcardType(TypeMirror extendsBound, TypeMirror superBound)
          Returns a new wildcard type argument.
 boolean isAssignable(TypeMirror t1, TypeMirror t2)
          Tests whether one type is assignable to another.
 boolean isSameType(TypeMirror t1, TypeMirror t2)
          Tests whether two TypeMirror objects represent the same type.
 boolean isSubsignature(ExecutableType m1, ExecutableType m2)
          Tests whether the signature of one method is a subsignature of another.
 boolean isSubtype(TypeMirror t1, TypeMirror t2)
          Tests whether one type is a subtype of another.
 PrimitiveType unboxedType(TypeMirror t)
          Returns the type (a primitive type) of unboxed values of a given type.
 

Method Detail

asElement

Element asElement(TypeMirror t)
Returns the element corresponding to a type. The type may be a DeclaredType or TypeVariable. Returns null if the type is not one with a corresponding element.

Returns:
the element corresponding to the given type

isSameType

boolean isSameType(TypeMirror t1,
                   TypeMirror t2)
Tests whether two TypeMirror objects represent the same type.

Caveat: if either of the arguments to this method represents a wildcard, this method will return false. As a consequence, a wildcard is not the same type as itself. This might be surprising at first, but makes sense once you consider that an example like this must be rejected by the compiler:

 
   List<?> list = new ArrayList<Object>();
   list.add(list.get(0));
 

Parameters:
t1 - the first type
t2 - the second type
Returns:
true if and only if the two types are the same

isSubtype

boolean isSubtype(TypeMirror t1,
                  TypeMirror t2)
Tests whether one type is a subtype of another. Any type is considered to be a subtype of itself.

Parameters:
t1 - the first type
t2 - the second type
Returns:
true if and only if the first type is a subtype of the second
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if given an executable or package type

isAssignable

boolean isAssignable(TypeMirror t1,
                     TypeMirror t2)
Tests whether one type is assignable to another.

Parameters:
t1 - the first type
t2 - the second type
Returns:
true if and only if the first type is assignable to the second
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if given an executable or package type

contains

boolean contains(TypeMirror t1,
                 TypeMirror t2)
Tests whether one type argument contains another.

Parameters:
t1 - the first type
t2 - the second type
Returns:
true if and only if the first type contains the second
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if given an executable or package type

isSubsignature

boolean isSubsignature(ExecutableType m1,
                       ExecutableType m2)
Tests whether the signature of one method is a subsignature of another.

Parameters:
m1 - the first method
m2 - the second method
Returns:
true if and only if the first signature is a subsignature of the second

directSupertypes

List<? extends TypeMirror> directSupertypes(TypeMirror t)
Returns the direct supertypes of a type. The interface types, if any, will appear last in the list.

Parameters:
t - the type being examined
Returns:
the direct supertypes, or an empty list if none
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if given an executable or package type

erasure

TypeMirror erasure(TypeMirror t)
Returns the erasure of a type.

Parameters:
t - the type to be erased
Returns:
the erasure of the given type
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if given a package type

boxedClass

TypeElement boxedClass(PrimitiveType p)
Returns the class of a boxed value of a given primitive type. That is, boxing conversion is applied.

Parameters:
p - the primitive type to be converted
Returns:
the class of a boxed value of type p

unboxedType

PrimitiveType unboxedType(TypeMirror t)
Returns the type (a primitive type) of unboxed values of a given type. That is, unboxing conversion is applied.

Parameters:
t - the type to be unboxed
Returns:
the type of an unboxed value of type t
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the given type has no unboxing conversion

capture

TypeMirror capture(TypeMirror t)
Applies capture conversion to a type.

Parameters:
t - the type to be converted
Returns:
the result of applying capture conversion
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if given an executable or package type

getPrimitiveType

PrimitiveType getPrimitiveType(TypeKind kind)
Returns a primitive type.

Parameters:
kind - the kind of primitive type to return
Returns:
a primitive type
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if kind is not a primitive kind

getNullType

NullType getNullType()
Returns the null type. This is the type of null.

Returns:
the null type

getNoType

NoType getNoType(TypeKind kind)
Returns a pseudo-type used where no actual type is appropriate. The kind of type to return may be either VOID or NONE. For packages, use Elements.getPackageElement(CharSequence).asType() instead.

Parameters:
kind - the kind of type to return
Returns:
a pseudo-type of kind VOID or NONE
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if kind is not valid

getArrayType

ArrayType getArrayType(TypeMirror componentType)
Returns an array type with the specified component type.

Parameters:
componentType - the component type
Returns:
an array type with the specified component type.
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the component type is not valid for an array

getWildcardType

WildcardType getWildcardType(TypeMirror extendsBound,
                             TypeMirror superBound)
Returns a new wildcard type argument. Either of the wildcard's bounds may be specified, or neither, but not both.

Parameters:
extendsBound - the extends (upper) bound, or null if none
superBound - the super (lower) bound, or null if none
Returns:
a new wildcard
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if bounds are not valid

getDeclaredType

DeclaredType getDeclaredType(TypeElement typeElem,
                             TypeMirror... typeArgs)
Returns the type corresponding to a type element and actual type arguments. Given the type element for Set and the type mirror for String, for example, this method may be used to get the parameterized type Set<String>.

The number of type arguments must either equal the number of the type element's formal type parameters, or must be zero. If zero, and if the type element is generic, then the type element's raw type is returned.

If a parameterized type is being returned, its type element must not be contained within a generic outer class. The parameterized type Outer<String>.Inner<Number>, for example, may be constructed by first using this method to get the type Outer<String>, and then invoking getDeclaredType(DeclaredType, TypeElement, TypeMirror...).

Parameters:
typeElem - the type element
typeArgs - the actual type arguments
Returns:
the type corresponding to the type element and actual type arguments
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if too many or too few type arguments are given, or if an inappropriate type argument or type element is provided

getDeclaredType

DeclaredType getDeclaredType(DeclaredType containing,
                             TypeElement typeElem,
                             TypeMirror... typeArgs)
Returns the type corresponding to a type element and actual type arguments, given a containing type of which it is a member. The parameterized type Outer<String>.Inner<Number>, for example, may be constructed by first using getDeclaredType(TypeElement, TypeMirror...) to get the type Outer<String>, and then invoking this method.

If the containing type is a parameterized type, the number of type arguments must equal the number of typeElem's formal type parameters. If it is not parameterized or if it is null, this method is equivalent to getDeclaredType(typeElem, typeArgs).

Parameters:
containing - the containing type, or null if none
typeElem - the type element
typeArgs - the actual type arguments
Returns:
the type corresponding to the type element and actual type arguments, contained within the given type
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if too many or too few type arguments are given, or if an inappropriate type argument, type element, or containing type is provided

asMemberOf

TypeMirror asMemberOf(DeclaredType containing,
                      Element element)
Returns the type of an element when that element is viewed as a member of, or otherwise directly contained by, a given type. For example, when viewed as a member of the parameterized type Set<String>, the Set.add method is an ExecutableType whose parameter is of type String.

Parameters:
containing - the containing type
element - the element
Returns:
the type of the element as viewed from the containing type
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the element is not a valid one for the given type

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