Method references in annotations?

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at
Wed Aug 10 16:14:55 PDT 2011

On 10 August 2011 20:24, Dan Smith <daniel.smith at> wrote:
> Discussions along the lines of "yeah, those are things we should get to sometime" have happened here, internally at Oracle, and in the JSR 335 expert group.

I will just note that I've raised this before. Frameworks in
particular constantly have to wrestle with how to handle the lack of
method references, generally using strings. Adding method references
to the main body of code helps those framework writers a bit, but not
being usable in annotations is a major limitation and a huge missed


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