Richard Eckart de Castilho commented on UIMA-5115:

Well, Java needs to get the type information from somewhere. For signatures 
where some type can be inferred from a parameter, that's nice. That surely 
works for `select(Token.class)`, not sure about `select(Token.type)`. It 
certainly does not work for `select("my.Token")` unless we use a signature 
where the type is inferred from the variable to which the result is assigned, 
e.g. (I believe this works...)

<T extends FeatureStructure> List<T> select(String type);

List<Annotation> tokens = select("my.Token");

I am bit ambivalent about this type of signature though... it somehow seems to 
be more asking for a ClassCastException than `select("my.Token", 
Annotation.class)` although I cannot really articulate atm why.

> uv3 select() api for iterators and streams over CAS contents
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: UIMA-5115
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/UIMA-5115
>             Project: UIMA
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Core Java Framework
>            Reporter: Marshall Schor
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.0.0SDKexp
> Design and implement a select() API based on uimaFIT's select, integrated 
> well with Java 8 concepts.  Initial discussions in UIMA-1524.  Wiki with 
> diagram: https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/UIMA/UV3+Iterator+support

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