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I'm looking to dynamically instantiate a class by its name. How can I do that in Apex? I thought about a factory method with a series of if-else statements, but am not satisfied with that as it isn't a general solution.

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It seems something like that is possible with:

System.Type objType = Type.forName(objName);
Object obj = objType.newInstance();
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    Please note that it has to have an empty constructor in order to do so. – Programmable Medley May 2 '13 at 12:19

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