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

Brian Goetz brian.goetz at oracle.com
Wed Jan 16 16:35:48 UTC 2013

Runtime behavior of Java will NOT depend on optional annotations.  Where did you get that idea?  

The reflection aspect is separate and also desirable.  

On Jan 16, 2013, at 8:32 AM, Florian Weimer wrote:

> On 01/16/2013 05:27 PM, Brian Goetz wrote:
>> The primary purpose of this annotation is to *capture design intent*.  It is not required.  The compiler will help you enforce the design intent if you provide it.  The compiler will not synthesize this annotation, since that would be guessing at the design intent.  It is possible to create classfiles that subvert the design intent.
>> The point about other languages was simply to point out that the universe of tools that might usefully use this design intent is bigger than sometimes assumed.
> I don't think run-time behavior should depend on optional annotations documenting design intent (like @Override).
> Supporting the discovery of functional interfaces is a good idea.  But a method like Class#isFunctionalInterface() would sever this purpose better than an entirely optional annotation.
> -- 
> Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security Team

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