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

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Thu Dec 3 19:10:41 UTC 2015

On 03/12/2015 18:30, Rafael Winterhalter wrote:
> As a follow-up question. What if I need to import a library into my
> namespace and therewith module? ("shaded dependencies") This is a quite
> common practice to avoid version conflicts.
> Would for example the reflection semantics for these classes change? Or
> would the byte code level serve as a fallback? (But then the mentioned
> "modularity for pre-9 libraries" would not work.)
Can you expand the example a bit? I assume the uber JAR has the 
dependences (in renamed packages) but those packages are not exported. 
In that case then none of the types in the shaded dependences will be 
accessible outside of the module. Within the module, which includes the 
shaded dependences, then all public types are available to code in the 
module, doesn't matter if the reference is static or core reflection.


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