Annotations on extended dimension in method declarations.
Srikanth S Adayapalam
srikanth_sankaran at in.ibm.com
Mon Jan 28 19:58:48 PST 2013
Here is the response from Markus Keller - JDT/UI lead on Eclipse. We would
once again request
the EG to consider this request.
Mike, I agree that there is a possibility that someone has to annotate
code that uses extended dimensions in a method declaration. But the
notation is already very little used (I haven't ever seen it in my life),
and the chance that someone annotates code that still makes use of it is
even smaller. The transition path is as simple as a copy-paste. The
extended dimensions notation has no practical value. It only causes
On the other hand, every unnecessary language construct adds bloat to the
language and makes it harder to use for everyone (readers, writers, tool
implementers). The audience that is negatively affected by this addition
is by magnitudes bigger than the small group of users who have to perform
a simple copy-paste.
Note that I'm not asking to deprecate or even remove an existing language
feature. I'm just asking to not add bloat for a language feature that has
been acknowledged to have been a bad idea in the first place. The first
version of the JLS already says explicitly that this form should not be
Let's apply good engineering principles and keep Java as simple as
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