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Paul Sandoz paul.sandoz at
Thu Feb 23 23:18:49 UTC 2017

> On 23 Feb 2017, at 13:39, Uwe Schindler <uschindler at> wrote:
> Thanks Remi.
> Of course that would work, but the goal was to try VarHandles as generic way to access on-heap and off-heap structures. Maybe Paul Sandoz has an answer to this API inconsistency.

It’s just that, an inconsistency, something i did not focus on w.r.t. use-cases, same for expanding the types supported for aligned atomic access, since we added field/array support for those quite late in the process and it’s a pain to deal with big/little endian cases read-modify-write ops (such as getAndAdd).

In effect the following VarHandles would then provide equivalent access functionality:

  VarHandle v1 = MethodHandles.arrayElementVarHandle(byte[].class);
  VarHandle v2 = MethodHandles.byteArrayViewVarHandle(byte[].class, ByteOrder.BIG_ENDIAN);
  VarHandle v3 = MethodHandles.byteBufferViewVarHandle(byte[].class, ByteOrder.LITTLE_ENDIAN);
  // Where for v3 a ByteBuffer instance is a heap buffer wrapping a byte[] array

We can certainly do this for 10.


> Uwe
> Am 23. Februar 2017 22:31:35 MEZ schrieb forax at
> Hi Uwe,
> I've not the definitive answer, but you can create a MethodHandle on ByteBuffer::get and see a VarHandle as a MethodHandle (with VarHandler.toMethodHandle) so both access can be represented as method handles.
> Rémi

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