.NET Programmer Thoughts

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Generics - What's the big deal?

I still don't see what the big deal is with generics!

I can see that there will be a performance boost and there will be code reduction. But I guess I don't see why this is anything new.

After thinking about it, this must come from my FoxPro background. It isn't so hung up on "type". In the C# world, everything seems to be about "type". There is "boxing" and "casting". Now Generics! Someone at Microsoft must have a "type" complex!

So with generics we are given "type-safe" classes. We don't loose type safety, performance, or productivity.

In a nutshell, generics allow programers to program without worrying about "type"!

Here is another great introduction article!