Type-safe version of KeywordOption

Asked by Alexey Stukalov on 2008-11-17


I'm working on a new version of bzr4idea plugin. While working with bzr-java-lib, an idea came to me, that a type-safe version of KeywordOption may be of some use, i.e:

 * @param <Type> type of option argument
public class KeywordTypesafeOption<Type> extends Option {

It could be used, then, for example, in I[Cmd]Options options:
 public static final KeywordTypesafeOption<IBazaarRevisionSpec> REVISION = new KeywordOption("--revision", null); //$NON-NLS-N$

This would simplify client-calling code a bit and would provide some basic compile-time checks.

What do you think?

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More type safety will be great... maybe create a branch and put these changes in it so that it can be publicly reviewed and commented on. Anything to get this project more used by other sources (i.e: bzr4idea) will be ideal.

Things to bear in mind:
I think Guillermo makes use of a script to generate these interfaces, so as to stay up to date with interface changes in bzrlib. I can't immediately say what the impact will be if generics are used. But it should be manageable.

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