Java Method receive generic list and returns <capture of ?>

I’m trying to filter a List of objects that implements a Interface. And I trying to create a generic method for all the classes.

Something like:

interface SomeInterface {
    String getFlag();
}


class SomeObject implements SomeInterface {
    public String getFlag() {
        return "X";
    }
}


List<SomeObject> someObjectList = new ArrayList<>();

// Compilation error here
List<SomeObject> filterList = filterGenericList(someObjectList, "X");


private List<?> filterGenericList(List<? extends SomeInterface> objects, String flag) {
        return objects.stream()
                .filter(it -> it.getFlag().equals(flag))
                .collect(Collectors.toList());
}

How do I run away from the compilation Error?

 Incompatible types. 
 Found: 'java.util.List<capture<?>>', 
 Required: 'java.util.List<SomeObject>'

>Solution :

When you return List<?> that means the method returns a list of some unknown type. Java doesn’t know that it’s the same type of list as the input list. To signal that, create a generic type T and have both the input and output lists be List<T>.

private <T extends SomeInterface> List<T> filterGenericList(List<T> objects, String flag) {
    return objects.stream()
        .filter(it -> it.getFlag().equals(flag))
        .collect(Collectors.toList());
}

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