RFR: 8262891: Compiler implementation for Pattern Matching for switch (Preview) [v13]

Rémi Forax forax at openjdk.java.net
Sat Jun 5 09:46:06 UTC 2021

On Fri, 4 Jun 2021 20:20:26 GMT, Jan Lahoda <jlahoda at openjdk.org> wrote:

>> This is a preview of a patch implementing JEP 406: Pattern Matching for switch (Preview):
>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8213076
>> The current draft of the specification is here:
>> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~gbierman/jep406/jep406-20210430/specs/patterns-switch-jls.html
>> A summary of notable parts of the patch:
>> -to support cases expressions and patterns in cases, there is a new common superinterface for expressions and patterns, `CaseLabelTree`, which expressions and patterns implement, and a list of case labels is returned from `CaseTree.getLabels()`.
>> -to support `case default`, there is an implementation of `CaseLabelTree` that represents it (`DefaultCaseLabelTree`). It is used also to represent the conventional `default` internally and in the newly added methods.
>> -in the parser, parenthesized patterns and expressions need to be disambiguated when parsing case labels.
>> -Lower has been enhanced to handle `case null` for ordinary (boxed-primitive, String, enum) switches. This is a bit tricky for boxed primitives, as there is no value that is not part of the input domain so that could be used to represent `case null`. Requires a bit shuffling with values.
>> -TransPatterns has been enhanced to handle the pattern matching switch. It produces code that delegates to a new bootstrap method, that will classify the input value to the switch and return the case number, to which the switch then jumps. To support guards, the switches (and the bootstrap method) are restartable. The bootstrap method as such is written very simply so far, but could be much more optimized later.
>> -nullable type patterns are `case String s, null`/`case null, String s`/`case null: case String s:`/`case String s: case null:`, handling of these required a few tricks in `Attr`, `Flow` and `TransPatterns`.
>> The specdiff for the change is here (to be updated):
>> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~jlahoda/8265981/specdiff.preview.01/overview-summary.html
> Jan Lahoda has updated the pull request incrementally with two additional commits since the last revision:
>  - Applying review feedback.
>  - Tweaking javadoc.

Dynamic constants are needed when de-structuring classes that are not record at top-level, to make the type that will carry the bindings, from invokedynamic to where they are accessed, opaque. So dynamic constants are not needed yet !


PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/3863

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