Can one use the term generify to mean 'to make generic'? E.g. a software programmer being told: 'generify this segment of code'.
If not, what may be a single word replacement of this phrase?
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Generify is certainly the right word to use in the context of Java generics.
This is from the Java Language Specification preface:
Joe Darcy and Ken Russell implemented much of the specific support for reflection of generics. Neal Gafter, Josh Bloch and Mark Reinhold did a huge amount of work generifying the JDK libraries.
In other fields, genericise / genericize would be better recognised, as answered by Mr. Disappointment.
The dictionary doesn't display a result, but does come up with "generification", which I assume is where "generify" comes from.
There's the alternatives of "generalize" or "abstract".
I think so. It gets used all the time in my
.:. it is fine to used as words evolve over time.
In mathematics, the usual word used for this context is