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.NET Generic Classes

Generics are classes and methods that have placeholders (type parameters or parameterized types) for one or more types. This lets you design classes that take in a generic type and determine the actual type at run time. A common use for generic classes is to work with collections. For information about generic methods, see Call .NET Generic Methods.

The NET.createGeneric function creates an instance of the specialized generic class given the following:

  • Fully qualified name of the generic class definition

  • List of fully qualified parameter type names for generic type specialization

  • Variable list of constructor arguments

Use instances of the NET.GenericClass helper class in NET.createGeneric function’s parameter type list when specialization requires another parameterized class definition. The class instances serve as parameterized data type definitions and are constructed using fully qualified generic type name and a variable length list of fully qualified type names for generic type specialization. This list can also contain instances of NET.GenericClass if an extra nested level of parameterization is required.