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Ian Robertson

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Re: JavaOne 2010: Upcoming Java Features Posted: Oct 7, 2010 10:11 AM
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> > Nobody seems to have commented much on four of the new
> features. ...
> Strings in switch statements are nice. Do we get the
> ability to use additional classes in switch statements? I
> think I know the answer, but I can't figure out the rationale.

For now, it seems that the answer is indeed no. The rational is somewhat reasonable: String is an immutable class with a well-defined hashCode that the compiler can compute to generate efficient code. To support this for arbitrary user classes would require the compiler to load those classes to compute the hashCode constants for each matched instance. Having the compiler load and execute arbitrary user code would probably be a non-starter.

Mark Thornton

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Re: Autoclose interface Posted: Oct 7, 2010 11:16 AM
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> > If you implement the autoclose
> > interface, you can put input and output streams in a
> single try block
> > and, when the block ends, all of the streams are
> closed.
> What does that mean exactly? Destructors and RAII in Java,
> finally? Too good to be true.

The mechanics are different, but that is the practical effect.

Morgan Conrad

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Another Idea for a Java Feature Posted: Oct 30, 2010 11:19 AM
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More of a Swing feature actually.

As computers become more multi-core, we're encountering more and more thread-related issues with Swing, which, ultimately, are caused by what are, or should be treated as, ConcurrentModificationExceptions. Because data is getting modified on non-AWT threads. Which, of course, is technically a programming mistake, but one that's fairly easy to make.

So, how about changing the paint() method to catch and handle these exceptions. e.g. (with some possible filler code added)

public void paint(Graphics g) {
  try {
    // existing paint code goes here, or. if we are a subclass:
  catch (ConcurrentModificationException cme) {
    if (Boolean.TRUE.equals(getClientProperty("HandleConcurrentModificationException"))) {
      throw cme;

doHandleConcurrentModificationException() is a protected method that, by default, just calls repaint();


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