Maintenance Reviews was: [PATCH] Enhance ServiceLoader to understand factory methods

Jaroslav Tulach jaroslav.tulach at
Fri Oct 17 12:28:36 UTC 2008

Thanks for the clarification, Mark. I've heard about some umbrella JSR for 
each release of the JDK before and I was hoping that my proposed change
could be covered as part of it. Thanks for confirming that such aggregation
is possible.

> With regard to this particular proposal, as the original author of ...

OK, I can promise that I will work hard on polishing my proposal. I can 
improve the code, I can add more documentation, I can write more tests, 
change the new API semantics, etc. I just need a sponsor to tell me what to 
change and where and then take and apply my final patch.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Dne Friday 17 October 2008 06:24:13 Mark Reinhold napsal(a):
> > Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 05:56:13 +1000
> > From: david.holmes at
> >
> > If this is a modification to the API not just a patch for the
> > implementation then the short answer is No.
> Well, not exactly.
> >                                           API changes have to be made
> > via a JSR.
> ... or in a Maintenance Review of an existing JSR.
> Small API revisions and additions do not require their own JSR; that
> would be ridiculously inefficient.  Instead we roll them up into a
> series of Maintenance Reviews of the previous Platform JSR [1].
> There have already been many small API changes in the JDK 7 codebase.
> Suggested patches for further such changes are welcome, and will be
> discussed and judged on their own technical merit.  All implemented
> changes will, in due course, be aggregated into an appropriate JCP
> Maintenance Review.
> With regard to this particular proposal, as the original author of
> the class in question I suppose I should have an opinion about it,
> but that's a topic for a different message.
> - Mark
> [1]

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