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From "Winnebeck, Jason" <>
Subject RE: CompileStatic and right-hand-side literals
Date Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:55:39 GMT
It is technically correct, but for example I was able to assign [a: ‘1’] to a Map<String,
Object>, so for variable assignment it works, but not for plus.

In my second example I use Collections.emptyList(), which in Java exists expressly to avoid
casts that are required when using Collections.EMPTY_LIST. So this is code that would work
in Java exactly as-is but does not work in Groovy. It means that the ability to return template
generic type seems not to exist in Groovy.

In both cases, I can use a cast to fix the issue, although in IntelliJ it’s annoying because
it thinks you can’t cast a Map<String, Integer> to a Map<String, Object> (which
would be true in Java code), although groovyc itself allows it. So then you have the awkward
workaround of [b: (Object)2], which seems very anti-Groovy (especially given the very recent
conversation on this list about removing unnecessary syntax around closures). In the second
case, I can use Collections.<Integer>emptyList(), but in this case the Groovy code is
more verbose than the Java code.


From: Cédric Champeau []
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: CompileStatic and right-hand-side literals

I think that the type checker is technically correct here. The RHS is correctly inferred (it's
a `Map<String, String>`). And since you are trying to assign it to `Map<String, Object>`
it fails. It's a consequence of inference of literals (Java doesn't have such literals so
no such issues). You have to separate declaration from assignment, or use a cast.

2015-12-02 15:44 GMT+01:00 Winnebeck, Jason <<>>:
Is there a way to avoid awkward typing issues with literals as in this case:

void f() {
  Map<String, Object> x = [a: '1']
  println x + [b: 2]

This results in the following errors in 2.4.5:

[Static type checking] - Incompatible generic argument types. Cannot assign java.util.LinkedHashMap
<java.lang.String, java.lang.String> to: java.util.Map <String, Object>
 at line: 3, column: 27

[Static type checking] - Cannot call <K,V> java.util.LinkedHashMap <java.lang.String,
java.lang.String>#plus(java.util.Map <java.lang.String, java.lang.String>) with arguments
[java.util.LinkedHashMap <java.lang.String, java.lang.Integer>]
 at line: 4, column: 13

It seems that the static compiler has issues with inferring RHS types. I think it might be
similar to this case I run into from time to time:

void g(List<Integer> items) {}

void h() {

Results in:
[Static type checking] - Cannot call ConsoleScript6#g(java.util.List <java.lang.Integer>)
with arguments [java.util.List <T extends java.lang.Object>]

Jason Winnebeck

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