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Quite a few articles have been written introducing the new language features in JDK 1.5. In this article, we're going to go a little deeper and provide tips on how to effectively use those features. Introduction During the beta period for JDK 1.5, we worked on a 1.5 Java compiler for BEA's Java IDE. As we implemented various new features, people would begin exploiting them in new ways, some clever, some clearly candidates for a list of what not to do. The compiler itself used 1.5 features, so we gained direct experience in maintaining 1.5 code as well. As we mentioned, this is not an introductory article. You should know roughly what the new features are, and we'll talk about some of the interesting, hopefully non-obvious implications and uses. These tips are a somewhat random collection of things we ran into, loosely grouped by language feature. We'll start with the... (more)