Visibility of methods in javac.comp.Resolve

Jonathan Gibbons jonathan.gibbons at
Mon Feb 11 16:10:15 PST 2013

On 02/11/2013 04:04 PM, Werner Dietl wrote:
> Jon, all,
> in the Checker Framework we allow String-valued annotations that refer
> to variable and method names - e.g. for method post-conditions.
> We currently use reflection to access methods in javac.comp.Resolve
> that allow us to go from such a String to the correct Symbol.
> For the current code, see:
> Would it be acceptable to change the visibility of a few "findXXX"
> methods in javac.comp.Resolve from package-default to public?
> In particular, we currently use:
> -<AttrContext>, Name, int)
> -<AttrContext>, Name)
> -<AttrContext>, Type,
> Name, List<Type>, List<Type>, boolean, boolean, boolean)
> In the future, we might also want:
> Env<AttrContext>, Type, List<Type>, List<Type>, boolean, boolean)
> The class already provides a few public methods; having these
> additional methods made public would make it much more useful for us.
> What do you think? Do you see a cleaner solution for us?
> Thanks,
> cu, WMD.

In general, you should not be relying on any API in a class that
contains the comment:

  *  <p><b>This is NOT part of any supported API.
  *  If you write code that depends on this, you do so at your own risk.
  *  This code and its internal interfaces are subject to change or
  *  deletion without notice.</b>

It would be more appropriate to provide suitable methods in the
com.sun.source or javax.lang.model API.

-- Jon

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