State of javac support for lworld-values.

Srikanth srikanth.adayapalam at
Mon Mar 26 10:42:22 UTC 2018

On Monday 26 March 2018 04:00 PM, Srikanth wrote:
> Does a lenient mode at the eventual release for ease of migration 
> purposes amounts to foregoing the opportunity to slap on the wrists 
> but the lead the application programmer down the path to blowing their 
> entire foot (with a runtime error) ?
> (Has the VM considered not NPEing for a null reference assignment to a 
> flattenable field/value array cell, instead coalescing into the 
> default value ? Does that make sense ? Afterall, anewarray comes up 
> with default values)

If the VM were to be "forgiving" of null stores into value array cells 
or flattenable value field per above or any other scheme, then a lenient 
mode in javac would make immediate sense I think.

(Implementing a lenient mode should not be much of work - if the 
discussions do argue for one, I can readily implement one)


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