JDK 8 code review request for 8005298 Add FunctionalInterface type to the core libraries

Remi Forax forax at univ-mlv.fr
Wed Jan 16 10:21:54 UTC 2013

On 01/16/2013 10:51 AM, Florian Weimer wrote:
> On 01/16/2013 07:54 AM, Joe Darcy wrote:
>> Hi Florian,
>> On 1/10/2013 1:23 AM, Florian Weimer wrote:
>>> On 01/08/2013 10:24 PM, Joe Darcy wrote:
>>>> As discussed over on one of the Project Lambda lists [1], we're adding
>>>> an interface type to the platform to explicitly mark interface 
>>>> types as
>>>> being functional interfaces suitable for use in lambda expressions.
>>>> Please review the addition of this new type:
>>>>      http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~darcy/8005298.0/
>>> Shouldn't this annotation have @Retention(RetentionPolicy.SOURCE),
>>> similar to the @Override annotation?
>> No; we intentionally made this annotation have runtime retention to
>> allow it to also be queried to various tools at runtime, etc.
> This is really a bit odd.  Doesn't this risk that code will rely on 
> the annotation, instead of inferring the functional interface status 
> based on the interface contents?

Yes, it's a serious issue IMO.
because the annotation is verified at compile time and the linking is 
done at runtime in Java so the annotation can be present and valid when 
compiled but at runtime the interface is not a functional interface 
anymore because by example a super interface was recompiled without 
compiling the annotated interface.

I agree that a good way to mitigate this is to make the annotation not 
present in the bytecode and only available to javac and all annotation 
If a runtime tool want this information, it should use the reflection 
API that provides the VM point of view of the world, not the compiler(s) 

> I could not find this part in the lambda-libs-spec-experts discussion. 
> Have you got a more specific pointer?

As far as I now, this part was not discussed.
For reference, the whole thread starts here:


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