impl for annotated types

Joel Borggrén-Franck joel.franck at
Thu Feb 14 09:58:06 PST 2013

Hi all,

On Feb 14, 2013, at 6:48 PM, Jonathan Gibbons <jonathan.gibbons at> wrote:

> On 02/14/2013 09:43 AM, Jonathan Gibbons wrote:
>> Werner,
>> How well encapsulated is the code to create instances of javac.code.Type that have annotations?  For example, is it always encapsulated within a method such as Type.createAnnotatedType, for use like
>>    Type annoType = type.createAnnotatedType(annos);

The current implementation is not that well encapsulated but I improve on this in my patch to add javax.lang.model. That can of course be refactored out of the model work and applied separately.

>> As a follow-up, think of this as a thinking-aloud hypothetical question....
>> Previously, we've considered delegation and subtyping as a way of representing annotated types. What if we gave up on the "minimize space" requirement and added a List<Attribute.TypeCompound> into each Type?  How easy would that be?
> Assuming we have to go for some combination of ugly methods and ugly types for javax.lang.model.type, how well would such a proposal fit in with the proposed ugly types?

I think this would be quite easy and should also work well with the model implementation.

In some ways this makes sense because we can then address the space issues with all kinds of annotations, IMHO they are related issues.


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