Some smallish comments on the current version of the spec.

Reinier Zwitserloot reinier at
Wed Nov 28 06:13:27 PST 2012

Okay, so you're going on record that it's official policy to knowingly run
with a clearly half-baked proposal, closing the door on any further review
a scant 3 months after posting a specification (which had already been
mostly implemented at that point according to the first post on this list).

Not just that, there isn't even an explanation for why this feature is so
incredibly important that it must be released right now, half-baked. This
feature seems like the opposite: It enables nothing that can't already be
done with JDK7. It feels like a coin improvement: Nice syntax sugar but
that's it.

_THIS_ is getting rushed?

That's surprising, and I cannot find words to express how incredibly
disappointed I am. Combining java's dedication to backwards compatibility
with rushed ill-considered specs for no clearly stated reason... do I
really need to explain how that sounds like a truly horrible plan?

There is a very serious cost associated with carrying on with this proposal
oblivious to the issues that surround it: There are ways to do this right,
but by pushing ahead now, you're closing the door on these forever. It's
java.util.Date + java.util.Calendar, except at the JLS level.

Please, pretty please, with sugar on top, reconsider.

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