 Type Parameters:
D
 the type of generic declaration that declared the underlying type variable.
 All Superinterfaces:
AnnotatedElement
,Type
public interface TypeVariable<D extends GenericDeclaration> extends Type, AnnotatedElement
TypeVariable is the common superinterface for type variables of kinds.
A type variable is created the first time it is needed by a reflective
method, as specified in this package. If a type variable t is referenced
by a type (i.e, class, interface or annotation type) T, and T is declared
by the nth enclosing class of T (see JLS 8.1.2), then the creation of t
requires the resolution (see JVMS 5) of the ith enclosing class of T,
for i = 0 to n, inclusive. Creating a type variable must not cause the
creation of its bounds. Repeated creation of a type variable has no effect.
Multiple objects may be instantiated at runtime to represent a given type variable. Even though a type variable is created only once, this does not imply any requirement to cache instances representing the type variable. However, all instances representing a type variable must be equal() to each other. As a consequence, users of type variables must not rely on the identity of instances of classes implementing this interface.
 See Java Language Specification:

4.4 Type Variables
 Since:
 1.5

Method Summary
Modifier and TypeMethodDescriptionReturns an array of AnnotatedType objects that represent the use of types to denote the upper bounds of the type parameter represented by this TypeVariable.Type[]
Returns an array ofType
objects representing the upper bound(s) of this type variable.Returns theGenericDeclaration
object representing the generic declaration declared for this type variable.getName()
Returns the name of this type variable, as it occurs in the source code.Methods declared in interface java.lang.reflect.AnnotatedElement
getAnnotation, getAnnotations, getAnnotationsByType, getDeclaredAnnotation, getDeclaredAnnotations, getDeclaredAnnotationsByType, isAnnotationPresent
Methods declared in interface java.lang.reflect.Type
getTypeName

Method Details

getBounds
Type[] getBounds()Returns an array ofType
objects representing the upper bound(s) of this type variable. If no upper bound is explicitly declared, the upper bound isObject
.For each upper bound B:
 if B is a parameterized
type or a type variable, it is created, (see
ParameterizedType
for the details of the creation process for parameterized types).  Otherwise, B is resolved.
 Returns:
 an array of
Type
s representing the upper bound(s) of this type variable  Throws:
TypeNotPresentException
 if any of the bounds refers to a nonexistent type declarationMalformedParameterizedTypeException
 if any of the bounds refer to a parameterized type that cannot be instantiated for any reason
 if B is a parameterized
type or a type variable, it is created, (see

getGenericDeclaration
D getGenericDeclaration()Returns theGenericDeclaration
object representing the generic declaration declared for this type variable. Returns:
 the generic declaration declared for this type variable.
 Since:
 1.5

getName
String getName()Returns the name of this type variable, as it occurs in the source code. Returns:
 the name of this type variable, as it appears in the source code

getAnnotatedBounds
AnnotatedType[] getAnnotatedBounds()Returns an array of AnnotatedType objects that represent the use of types to denote the upper bounds of the type parameter represented by this TypeVariable. The order of the objects in the array corresponds to the order of the bounds in the declaration of the type parameter. Note that if no upper bound is explicitly declared, the upper bound is unannotatedObject
. Returns:
 an array of objects representing the upper bound(s) of the type variable
 Since:
 1.8
