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Learn Java: ArrayLists
Creating ArrayLists

To create an ArrayList, we need to declare the type of objects it will hold, just as we do with arrays:

ArrayList<String> babyNames;

We use angle brackets < and > to declare the type of the ArrayList. These symbols are used for generics. Generics are a Java construct that allows us to define classes and objects as parameters of an ArrayList. For this reason, we can’t use primitive types in an ArrayList:

// This code won't compile: ArrayList<int> ages; // This code will compile: ArrayList<Integer> ages;

The <Integer> generic has to be used in an ArrayList instead. You can also use <Double> and <Char> for types you would normally declare as doubles or chars.

We can initialize to an empty ArrayList using the new keyword:

// Declaring: ArrayList<Integer> ages; // Initializing: ages = new ArrayList<Integer>(); // Declaring and initializing in one line: ArrayList<String> babyNames = new ArrayList<String>();



Import the ArrayList package from java.util.


Create a new ArrayList that will contain String elements and call it toDoList.

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