[JSR308] help on a simple example

Florin-Alexandru Bratu fl.bratu at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 12:44:08 EDT 2008

Hello everyone!

This is a simple question on the usage of the JSR308 prototype 
implementation already available on the website. I've downloaded and 
installed it over the OpenJDK 7 distribution. javac now recognises 
annotations in comments, like this:

public class Main { }

but I'm not able to make it recognize annotations on "general" 
statements, for instance this example, given on the website, does not work:

List<@Annotation Object> objs;

I am using the same annotation processor for @Annotation, and the same 
javac version while compiling. Any ideas why the latter case is not 

Also, regarding the annotations in comments. On the website, it is 
specified that "This temporary mechanism will not be part of the 
official Java language when JSR 308 is incorporated into it. It may or 
may not continue to be supported by the javac compiler." Is this the 
official position of Sun? I ask because I am working on a project where 
it would be really useful if the feature will be included directly in 
the compiler - and not to write a separate Java source code checker for 
annotations in comments....

Thank you!

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