Class InheritanceSearch

  • All Implemented Interfaces:
    java.lang.Iterable<java.lang.Class>, java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class>

    public class InheritanceSearch
    extends java.lang.Object
    implements java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class>, java.lang.Iterable<java.lang.Class>
    Used to search from a particular class up the inheritance hierarchy of extended classes and implemented interfaces. The search starts with the initial class (provided in the constructor). It progresses up the inheritance chain, but skips java.lang.Object. Once classes are exhausted, the inheritance hierarchy is searched. This is a breadth-first search, rooted in the interfaces implemented by the initial class at its super classes. Once all interfaces are exhausted, java.lang.Object is returned (it is always returned last). Two minor tweak to normal inheritance rules:
    • Normally, the parent class of an object array is java.lang.Object, which is odd because FooService[] is assignable to Object[]. Thus, we tweak the search so that the effective super class of FooService[] is Object[].
    • The "super class" of a primtive type is its wrapper type, with the exception of void, whose "super class" is left at its normal value (Object.class)
    This class implements the Iterable interface, so it can be used directly in a for loop: for (Class search : new InheritanceSearch(startClass)) { ... } This class is not thread-safe.
    • Constructor Summary

      Constructor Description
      InheritanceSearch​(java.lang.Class searchClass)  
    • Method Summary

      All Methods Instance Methods Concrete Methods 
      Modifier and Type Method Description
      boolean hasNext()  
      java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class> iterator()  
      java.lang.Class next()  
      void remove()  
      • Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object

        clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
      • Methods inherited from interface java.lang.Iterable

        forEach, spliterator
      • Methods inherited from interface java.util.Iterator

    • Constructor Detail

    • Method Detail

      • iterator

        public java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class> iterator()
        Specified by:
        iterator in interface java.lang.Iterable<java.lang.Class>
      • hasNext

        public boolean hasNext()
        Specified by:
        hasNext in interface java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class>
      • next

        public java.lang.Class next()
        Specified by:
        next in interface java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class>
      • remove

        public void remove()
        Specified by:
        remove in interface java.util.Iterator<java.lang.Class>
        java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException - always