Annotations for language features

Bruce Chapman brucechapman at
Mon Aug 17 02:48:17 PDT 2009

> (quick: Name a java 1.5 language feature that could have  
> been done with annotations instead. I can't think of even one!) - but  
> where annotations fit, the AST building process does not have to  
> change at all - much easier for IDE developers.

Just to be a pedantic off topic prick and answer your rhetorical 
question - it would have been way better if the annotation facility's 
"single element annotation" (where you omit the Identifier and = before 
the element value) had been designed to use an annotation to mark which 
element this applied to (rather than using the magic name "value")


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