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Some Meta thoughts on Project... /* default css */ table { font-size: 1em; line-height: inherit; } tr { text-align: left; } div, address, ol, ul, li, option, select { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; } p { margin: 0px; } pre { font-family: Courier New; white-space: pre-wrap; margin:0; } body { margin: 6px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; background-color...
on Mar 19, 2009
Recently Alex Buckley blogged about a possible language change to allow Named Parameters in method calls. Today I had need for such a feature. I was calling this method public void startOperatorSimulation(int pos, int stepDelay, int opNumber) { ... } multiple times, which matches Alex's first use case for named parameters 'When a method has adjacent parameters with the same type but different...
on Sep 30, 2008
In his Disturbing Thoughts from a Developing Mind blog, fellow kiwi Mark Derricutt discusses a situation where new for loops don't provide enough power for a particular case. (And yes this blog has been sitting drafted but unpublished for ages :( ) The case in point is building a String from the concatenation of a List of Strings with some separator between them, in this case a semi-colon...
on Mar 25, 2008
All the major closures proposals now have prototype implementations available. But until we can play with the final option "No Closures" we're not in the best position to make a good decision. So it is with pleasure that I announce the availability of a prototype for "No Closures". With this jar file and JDK 6, you can effectively cast a method to a SAM type. For those not...
on Mar 8, 2008
Josh Bloch makes some interesting points in his Javapolis presentation on the closures controversy. However having listened to the audio several times and read the slides at least three times, I am having trouble extracting the salient points from all the FUD (The presentation video of the talk is now also available) What seems to be happening is that much of that FUD is starting to...
on Feb 27, 2008
Neal Gafter's latest blog on closures has attracted two or three comments from people wanting to object to generics, and a number of other conservative commenters voicing an objection to closures. Josh's JavaPolis presentation makes a valid point that these opinions cannot be ignored. I have invested some time getting my head around some (but not all) of the closures proposals. I don't know...
on Dec 17, 2007