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'instanceof' with incompatible type

Reports instanceof expressions where the expression that is checked has a class/interface type that neither extends/implements the class/interface type on the right-side of the instanceof expression, nor has subclasses that do.

Although it could be intended for e.g. library code, such a construct is likely erroneous, because no instance of any class declared in the project could pass this instanceof test.


class Foo { } interface Bar { } class Main { void test(Foo f, Bar b) { if (f instanceof Bar) { // problem System.out.println("fail"); } if (b instanceof Foo) { // problem System.out.println("fail"); } } }

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Can be used to locate inspection in e.g. Qodana configuration files, where you can quickly enable or disable it, or adjust its settings.

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By default bundled with

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

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Java, 241.18072

Last modified: 18 June 2024