Type Annotations Backport and 8u20

Eric McCorkle eric.mccorkle at oracle.com
Tue Jun 17 15:59:22 UTC 2014

After meeting last week and considering various options, the javac team
has decided not to go ahead with backporting the recent type annotations
work for the 8u20 update release.

While there is clear and convincing evidence that the work recently
contributed to jdk9 does improve the functioning of javac with regard to
compiling source containing type annotations and generating the correct
classfile attributes, we have determined that issues with the language
model implementation run too great a risk of adversely affecting
existing projects that use type annotations.  Therefore, we have decided
to delay the backport to the 8-update forest until the language model
issues have been resolved.

Despite this delay, the javac team remains committed to improving the
quality of the type annotations feature, and will be continuing our work
towards that end.
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