How do I fix “The expression of type List needs unchecked conversion…’?

This is a common problem when dealing with pre-Java 5 APIs. To automate the solution from erickson, you can create the following generic method:

public static <T> List<T> castList(Class<? extends T> clazz, Collection<?> c) {
    List<T> r = new ArrayList<T>(c.size());
    for(Object o: c)
    return r;

This allows you to do:

List<SyndEntry> entries = castList(SyndEntry.class, sf.getEntries());

Because this solution checks that the elements indeed have the correct element type by means of a cast, it is safe, and does not require SuppressWarnings.

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