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The following code is indicating an error at the line c = itr.next(). I can eradicate the error by casting itr.next() as follows:

c = (Customer) itr.next();

Is this a valid way of addressing the issue ? I am a seasoned C/C++ programmer but am totally new to Java. Customer is a class


The code is as follows:
// declared at the top of the class:-
   ArrayList<Customer> customerList  = new ArrayList<>();

// code in a member function:-
   public Customer find(int custID)
    {// iterate the array, add matching results to a second array and return the second
       Iterator itr = customerList.iterator();
       Customer c = null;

 
       while(itr.hasNext())
       {
           // the line below gives an error; incompatible types, required customer, found Object
 
           c = itr.next();
           if(c.matchesID(custID))
               break;
       
       }
       return c;
    }
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The Iterator interface is generic, like the ArrayList class. If you declare your variable like this, the build error should go away:

Iterator<Customer> itr = customerList.iterator();

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The way you're doing it, with the explicit cast, is how Java programmers had to do it before the language added support for generics. It's what the language is doing in the background either way, so it's not necessarily bad, just no longer necessary.
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Excellent. Thanks for that, Roger
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