is ClassLoader.loadClass() supposed to work on module-info classes?

Alex Buckley alex.buckley at
Wed Dec 2 20:16:03 UTC 2015

On 12/2/2015 8:31 AM, Paul Benedict wrote:
> All that information is locked in binary format but it
> should be human readable. I should be able to go in myself and do this with
> a text editor. I shouldn't have to compile a file anymore than I have to
> compile my MANIFEST.MF or web.xml or application.xml. This is all about
> configuration; not executable code.

Annotations are human readable in source code but end up "locked in 
binary format". Entity mappings and REST endpoints (since we're speaking 
of EE constructs like application.xml) are configuration ... do you 
expect to be able to use a text editor to modify them?

Is there any more to say on the issue of "source-flowing-to-binary 
versus structured-text" than is already rehearsed at 


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