Why does CharSequence not have String getChars(int srcBegin, int srcEnd, char dst, int dstBegin)
cairndubh at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 21:54:02 UTC 2008
This doesn't just introduce a source incompatibility (requiring code
to be recompiled), it also introduces a binary incompatibility. If any
object receives a CharSequence instance that happened to have been
compiled against an older version of the platform, it will have no way
of knowing that this method does not exist on the object.
Java hasn't (to my knowledge) ever broken compatibility with an
interface in the platform API before. I consider that a great strength
of the platform.
On Oct 17, 2008, at 13:26, "Paulo Levi" <i30817 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Can't be changed? No user of the api is currently using getChars on a
> Charsequence (because it doesn't exist!)
> If you're talking about other implementers of Charsequence than the
> jdk, well, i don't see why do we have to suffer ignominious interface
> incompleteness just because someone doesn't want to compile the code
> ever again.
> And couldn't it be made to work anyway?
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