Can we also get some feedback on specialization, please?
brian.goetz at oracle.com
Mon Jan 5 19:35:01 UTC 2015
There's been a lot of passionate discussion here about the directions we
should or should not take Java. And this is all understandable, and
perhaps inevitable, but ... it seems to be crowding out what is actually
the primary purpose of this (-dev) list. We had hoped, in taking the
effort to write up State of the Specialization, to get some comments on
... specialization :)
So far, nearly all the comments have been on the speculative parts of
the writeup (layers/conditional methods), as well as the usual
(supersized) portion of "I think you should do X/Y/Z instead". Which is
all OK, but we were actually hoping to get some feedback on the part
that is written up in some detail -- and mostly implemented! I know
it's fun to discuss the big sexy stuff, but we can't let this crowd out
the main goal.
So my question is: has anyone tried to write a program with specialized
generics with the valhalla implementation? Well, we'd really
I know people want to contribute. At least right now, here's what
contribution looks like from our perspective:
1.) Please try it out! Write some code!
2.) Tell us what works and what doesn't!
3.) Nice comments are always a bonus! (And are welcome even if you
didn't do (1) and (2)).
4.) If you can't do (1) and (2), and still have something important
to say in the big-picture department, please do it a) nicely, b)
constructively, c) succinctly.
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