RFR: 8188055: (ref) Add Reference::refersTo predicate [v6]

Kim Barrett kbarrett at openjdk.java.net
Wed Nov 4 10:16:59 UTC 2020

On Wed, 4 Nov 2020 09:31:13 GMT, Tagir F. Valeev <tvaleev at openjdk.org> wrote:

> Hello!
> As an IDE developer, I'm thinking about IDE inspection that may suggest the new method. My idea is to suggest replacing every `ref.get() == obj` with `ref.refersTo(obj)`. Is this a good idea or there are cases when `ref.get() == obj` could be preferred? What do you think?

Those have different behaviors when ref's class overrides get.  Sometimes that might be intentional (PhantomReference, where get blocks access to the referent, and SoftReference, where get may update heuristics for recent accesses delaying GC clearing).  But if some further subclass overrides get for some reason, such a change might not be appropriate.


PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/498

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