Classparser API

Remi Forax forax at
Tue Sep 22 18:15:14 UTC 2020

Hi Robert,

Yes, ASM 9 was released this morning, as a meagre consolation, it seems the classfile will not change in the next releases until the introduction of Valhalla.

And yes, the new release cadence has some ripple effects but at the same time, it's not a reason to not try to streamline a little more the release process of any Apache projects.
After all, we are in 2020, releasing a software or a library should be something casual and not an exceptional daunting task.  


----- Mail original -----
> De: "Robert Scholte" <rfscholte at>
> À: "jdk-dev" <jdk-dev at>
> Envoyé: Mardi 22 Septembre 2020 19:23:25
> Objet: Classparser API

> 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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