RFR 8059631: Use of '#' to represent MethodHandle kind is confusing

John Rose john.r.rose at oracle.com
Sat Jun 18 00:01:38 UTC 2016

On Jun 17, 2016, at 4:41 PM, Jonathan Gibbons <jonathan.gibbons at oracle.com> wrote:
> On 06/17/2016 04:33 PM, John Rose wrote:
>> On Jun 17, 2016, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan Gibbons <jonathan.gibbons at oracle.com <mailto:jonathan.gibbons at oracle.com>> wrote:
>>> I'll do a build and test run;  I think it should go if it is unused.
>>> I wasn't sure at first, since most of the names appear in the 3rd column of JVMS 8, Table
>>> but the oddball is REF_newInvokeSpecial(8, "newinvokespecial") which isn't a JVMS name.
>> That's because it corresponds to two instructions, new + invokespecial.
> Sure, I guessed that, but it didn't seem useful to include that in a "name" field, when the enum name
> itself is more indicative of a name defined in JVMS.

Oh, right.  I guess the "name" fields are trying to look like instruction names, but that fails for new + invokespecial.
I agree it's simpler just to use the enum names.

— John
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