[SUGGESTION]: Define aliases when importing multiple classes with same classname

CHAUVET Guillaume gchauvet at zatarox.com
Fri Oct 10 04:50:51 UTC 2014

Dear OpenJDK community,

I would like to submit you a potential new Java feature already existing 
in Eiffel language : renaming classes/interfaces when importing them. 
The goal is to improve the clashnames resolution when importing some 
classes with the same classname but provided from different packages by 
adding a classname alias mechanism. Below, a simple use case that 
display how this potential new syntax :

Snippet class
import javax.management.Query;
import javax.persistence.Query as PersistenceQuery;
import org.apache.lucene.search.Query as LucentQuery;

public class Snippet {

  private javax.persistence.Query q1;	// Direct classname resolution
  private PersistenceQuery q2;		// Using alias classname of 
  private Query q3;			// Using default imported class : 
  private LucentQuery q4;		// Using alias classname of 

  public PersistenceQuery getPersistence() {
   return q2;

Caller class
Snippet s = new Snippet();
s.getPersistence(); // return javax.persistence.Query, not the internal 
alias used in class definition

I'm ready to involved to implement this new feature by contributing to 
the OpenJDK development effort.

Best regards

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