RFR: implementation for JEP 334: JVM Constants API
brian.goetz at oracle.com
Thu May 24 20:48:23 UTC 2018
> EnumDesc and VarHandleDesc, those should be static inner classes of respectively Enum and VarHandle,
> they are not part of the main API but nice addons.
After some thought, I am inclined to agree. Here's the rationale. There
are some built in constant types; they have Desc counterparts in JLIC.
Then there are types that are Constable, that need a companion subtype
of DynamicConstantDesc. These classes should bring their own.
What to call them? Well, we could leave the names the same, which is
wordy: Enum.EnumDesc, but plays nicely with static imports. We could
call them something like Descriptor, but then if static imported, they'd
like conflict. Or, cleverly, we could call them ConstantDesc, which if
people static-imported them, would shoot their own feet, and therefore
learn not to do that :) I like the latter for its corrective behavior
but I think the first is probably best.
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