[JSR308] Hello, and a comment

Neal Gafter gafter at google.com
Tue Jan 30 19:08:30 EST 2007

Well, annotations before the annotated type doesn't work, because in a
simple variable declaration it is ambiguous with an annotation on the

On 1/30/07, Eugene Kuleshov <eu at javatx.org> wrote:
> Neal Gafter wrote:
> > Just joining the discussion and mailing list, I'd like to introduce
> > myself: Neal Gafter from Google. Please pardon me if I ask dumb
> > questions, as I haven't been listening.
> >
> > I read the draft spec (and an earlier version), and it seems much more
> > complex than it needs to be to accomplish its goals.  The simplest
> > syntax would be to annotate a type by placing the annotation after the
> > type. This works for arrays, arrays of arrays, return types, argument
> > types, etc without any ambiguity with existing syntax. The selected
> > syntax, on the other hand, does have ambiguities that require
> > special-casing many contexts, such as arrays. Perhaps there is some
> > motivation for the current syntax that I'm missing.
>   Hi Neal. I've send a note about ambiguity of the array annotations
> this morning. I've suggested suggested to put annotations before
> annotated type. You can find it in the mailing list archive at
> https://lists.csail.mit.edu/pipermail/jsr308/2007-January/000044.html
>   I am also wondering if there was special motivation for chosen syntax
> and hope that Michael can answer that.
>   regards,
>   Eugene
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