Spec update for Class#getDeclaredMethods()

Rémi Forax forax at univ-mlv.fr
Thu Jul 16 12:47:14 UTC 2009

Florian Weimer a écrit :
> I suggest to replace:
> | The elements [methods] in the array returned are not sorted and are
> | not in any particular order.
> with:
> | If the class is a compiled Java class, the elements in the array are
> | sorted according to the order of declaration in the source code.
> | Otherwise, the elements are not in any particular order.
> There is a growing amount of code which relies on predictable method
> order, so backwards compatibility concerns implicitly dictate the
> ordering.  The proposed change makes this explicit.
> The other reflection methods should be updated in a similar fashion

This sentences was conscientiously added between 1.1 and 1.2
and I know a small VM that returns the method using the vtable ordering 
for getMethod.

Your suggestion implies that potentially all VM implementors should 
change some parts of their VM
data structures.
Doesn't seem realistic, isn't it.


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