[constables] RFR of constants API

Brian Goetz brian.goetz at oracle.com
Tue May 8 18:06:10 UTC 2018

On 5/8/2018 1:50 PM, Maurizio Cimadamore wrote:
> The [Type, Method, Field]Descriptor API looks neat - I have two 
> comments on this:
> * I believe the name descriptor is going to be confusing with the rest 
> of the API, as there are a lot of classes whose name ends with 'Desc'

Then perhaps these types belong somewhere else besides jlic?

> * we discussed internally to sprinkle parameters on 
> java/lang/reflect/Member (e.g. have a type parameter T <: 
> TypeDescriptor<T>, and have a method type() which returns a T). That 
> way we could have Member to be a full live representation of a 
> reflective member, including access to owner (a Class<?>), name 
> (String) and, finally, a type (some TypeDescriptor T).

Yes, this patch doesn't yet do this but we can certainly go there once 
we have agreement on the approach.

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