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Implementing Methods of an Interface

If a class is declared as implementing a certain interface or extending a class with abstract methods, it has to implement the methods of such interface or class. IntelliJ IDEA creates stubs of the implemented methods, with the default return values for the primitive types, and null values for the objects.

To implement methods of an interface or abstract class

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the main menu, choose Code | Generate , or press Ctrl+I.
    • Right-click the editor and choose Generate on the context menu, or press Alt+Insert, and choose Implement Methods.

    The Select Methods To Implement dialog appears, displaying the list of classes and interfaces with the methods that can be implemented.

  2. Select one or more methods to implement. For multiple selection, use Ctrl and Shift keys.
  3. If necessary, check the option Copy JavaDoc to insert JavaDoc comments from the implemented interface of abstract methods (if any).
  4. Click OK.

File template responsible for implementing a method (Implemented method body) accepts predefined template variables from "File Header" ( File | Settings - IDE Settings - File Templates - Code - File Header ), e.g. ${USER}, ${DATE}, etc.

For example, consider the following file template:

#if ( $RETURN_TYPE != "void" )return $DEFAULT_RETURN_VALUE;#end // TODO ($USER, $DATE):To change the body of an implemented method, use File | Settings | File Templates.

Provided that an implemented interface contains two methods, this template expands into the following code:

@Override public void hunt() { // TODO (mio, 9/21/12): To change the body of an implemented method, use File | Settings | File Templates. } @Override public String sniff() { return null; // TODO (mio, 9/21/12): To change body of implemented methods use File | Settings | File Templates. }

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Last modified: 4 December 2014
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