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From Jess Holle <>
Subject Re: Google Summer of Code, Apache ANT project ideas?
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2005 14:50:27 GMT
Steve Loughran wrote:

> Don Stewart wrote:
>> As an alternative to directly using the Java 1.5 annotations you could
>> user the JSR-175 backport of the annotations spec.
>> Also on codehaus as
>> Cheers
>> Don
> yes, except we have to deal with building on OSS javac compilers; I 
> dont think jikes is annotation ready.

It is unfortunate that having to deal with OSS javac and JVMs is holding 
back technology adoption -- which is clearly the case.

> the bigger issue with annotations is that their real role is to 
> provide metadata in the .class files, above and beyond the @deprecated 
> markers. We dont need that with ant *today*.
> Annotations would make more sense if you could annotate methods to 
> explicitly export them as elements/attributes, or explicitly hide 
> them, more to the point. You could even add extra information about 
> the cardinality of things (like elements must be unique, exclusive, 
> etc.) this would be useful to both docs and dynamically generated 
> schemas. But that is a lot of extra complexity. EJB-land is going that 
> way, as their life is already complex, and java1.5 promises simplicity...

Annotations can be source only as well as embedded in classfiles.

Jess Holle

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