PROPOSAL: Compiletime information access

Joseph D. Darcy Joe.Darcy at Sun.COM
Sun Mar 29 00:14:27 PDT 2009

rssh at wrote:
>>>  -  improving proposal about access to compile-time information about
>>> local context can have some sence (?)
>> Given the existing capabilities of annotation processors, I don't think
>> the proposed API is necessary or desirable.
> </cite>
> <IMHO>
>  I does not understand, why Joseph Darcy think, that existing capabilities
> of annotation processing may allows programmer use compile-time
> information about local context (it's not true for now).
> </IMHO>

Joe Darcy thinks standardized annotation processing is an existing 
feature in the platform to address problems in the space of analyzing 
programs and generating code.  The first-line solution to problems in 
this space is to approach the problem in a way that can be addressed by 
the existing annotation processing facilities.  Even if a particular 
worthwhile issue in this class of problem cannot be solving by 
annotation processing (or a small extension to annotation processing), 
we will probably choose to not provide a solution to the problem in the 
platform because the marginal utility of the solution over annotation 
processing is likely to be too small.


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