JLS tweaks

Martin Buchholz martinrb at google.com
Tue Apr 1 23:09:11 UTC 2014

I continue to think that "components" should have an associated mailing
list.  Elsewhere you wrote rather clearly,

Proposals for new features in the Java programming language are no longer
being accepted or maintained in the Java bug database. This also applies to
proposals for new features in the Java Virtual Machine (that is, in the
abstract JVM, as opposed to a JVM implementation like HotSpot).

All proposals for new features should be made through the "JDK Enhancement
- Proposal & Roadmap Process" described athttp://openjdk.java.net/jeps/1.


So if you start a JEP, you apparently get a discussion list for that JEP,
but you'll likely end up with few passers-by on such a list.  As it stands,
there is no good place to discuss speculative features that may lead to a
future JEP.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM, Alex Buckley <alex.buckley at oracle.com>wrote:

> On 3/31/2014 1:45 PM, Martin Buchholz wrote:
>> - It would be good if there was a permanent mailing list (and bug
>> category) for specification changes (JLS and JVMS) instead of spinning
>> up a mailing list only for major features.
> Please distinguish "specification changes" from "language/VM changes":
> - "specification changes" concern changes in the text of the JLS and JVMS.
> There have long been aliases for feedback about errors, omissions, and
> ambiguities in the text - see [1] and [2] for the most recent info. There
> has long been a bug category too - recall "java/java/specification" in
> Bugtraq, now "specification" in JBS. People use these channels all the time.
> - "language/VM changes" concern changes in the design of the Java language
> and abstract JVM. compiler-dev, hotspot-dev, and their associated JBS
> components are assuredly not the right place.
> Alex
> [1] http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se8/html/jls-1.html#jls-1.5
> [2] http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jvms/se8/html/jvms-1.html#jvms-1.5
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