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Q 4 H.Schildt (6): back to the drawing table...

 
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Dear author,

The following might probably sound
like blasfemy to someone here ,
but is there a chance that the new features
offered by Java might bring people back
to the drawing table to reconsider some
design decisions made for their applications?

I think generics and annotations have
the potential to do that, but I haven't
got hands on experience on these features
yet.

What's your opinion, should the drawing
table be left aside and the focus set
on implementation choices only?

Cheers,

Gian Franco
[ August 25, 2004: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]
 
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Gian:

I don't think that the new features in 5.0 will cause the major re-design of existing code. Of course, some applications will be retrofitted for generics, but that doesn't necessarily imply any major redesign. In general, in a well-designed app, you can retrofit generics quite easily.

However, going forward, things like annotations and generics will, no doubt, affect the decisions that developers make. Version 5 changes Java, and those changes will be reflected by future code.
 
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Gian,

Do you have any ideas of how you would redesign your code to take advantage of new 1.5 features?
 
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Hi C. Kutler,

Especially in threading by separating thread
logic from execution logic I would expect the
greatest changes. It's possible to reduce the
complexity of interdependent multiple threads.

But generics and annotations, which I don't
fully understand yet, might have more impact.

Cheers,

Gian Franco
 
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