Classparser API

Brian Goetz brian.goetz at
Tue Sep 22 17:56:50 UTC 2020

We get it, and we'd like this too.  (The JDK depends on various 
classfile libraries of different stripes too, and we have our share of 
this sort of pain which we'd be happy to shed.)

There are a lot of non-obvious constraints and connections, though, and 
many obvious-but-wrong ideas in this space, though, so this would have 
to be done very carefully.  I hope we'll be able to turn our attention 
to this soon enough.

On 9/22/2020 1:23 PM, Robert Scholte wrote:
> With the new release of Java followed by a new release of ASM comes a returning task where some of our Maven plugins and libraries should update this dependency. They make use of the classfile parser, the upgrade is required to understand the new bytecode version.
> Due to the Apache Software Foundation Policy (for legal reasons) every release comes with an amount of overhead. Doing a release for just a single dependency update to ease the usage for Maven users has always felt awkward.
> Is there any chance that the JDK will be extended with an API for parsing classfiles?
> thanks,
> Robert Scholte

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