lazy statics design notes

Brian Goetz brian.goetz at
Thu Feb 28 15:54:31 UTC 2019

> I think that trying to come that will encompass lazy instance field and lazy static field is a trap, because in the lazy instance case there is no constant pool to store the value.

I tend to agree with Remi on this one.  Condy may be a “mere” implementation tactic, but it’s a darn good one, it has the semantics we want, and the use case of lazy statics is far more important than lazy instance vars.  (We we would be happy if we only had lazy statics and not lazy instances.) 

Note too that the DynamicConstantValue story is a tradeoff to enable a binary compatible migration from non-lazy to lazy; I think this is a sort of corner case, as the vast majority of field accesses are within the same class.  If we didn’t care about binary-compatible migrations for public static final fields, there’s a translation-based story that is way simpler — cross-class field access desguars to invocations of a synthetic accessor.  

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