Some smallish comments on the current version of the spec.

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at
Wed Nov 28 16:38:05 PST 2012

On 29 November 2012 00:22, Alex Buckley <alex.buckley at> wrote:
> First of all, your name doesn't appear in the OpenJDK Census
> ( You would need to sign the OCA to become a
> Contributor before sending any code to compiler-dev for review. See the
> OpenJDK web site for more details.
> Second, the design of Repeating Annotations is not going to change after
> having been public for 13 months. An implementation of an alternative design
> will not be accepted by any Committer on the JDK8 project. Please move on.

I would note that the specification of Java SE 8 is, according to the
rules, defined by the JCP, not OpenJDK or Oracle. Roel/Reinier do have
the option of trying to persuade the JCP EC to reject the feature as
currently written. Of course, since this would also involve rejecting
the rest of Java SE 8 it is highly unlikely to happen. The phrase
Rubber Stamp does come to mind at this point...

More generally, I think there is merit in both positions in this
thread. Oracle have the right to say times up, and the community has
the right to say they think Oracle have got it wrong. However, since
Oracle has already invested in this, has performed reasonable public
scrutiny, and ultimately has all the power, the reality is that this
discussion is moot.

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