[JSR308] Annotations in comments
mernst at csail.mit.edu
Thu Oct 30 09:59:53 EDT 2008
Let me separately address annotations in comments, from a Java language
point of view and a JDK toolkit point of view.
I don't support making annotations in comments an official part of the Java
language, which would force every Java compiler to parse comments. That's
antithetical to the very notion of a comment! It would also require that
every version of Java to forever support the syntax. And, it would cause
some existing programs to no longer compile.
The comment syntax may be very useful during the transition between Java 6
and Java 7. Thus, the final Java SE 7 implementation may or may not
recognize annotations in comments. I don't think anyone has made a
decision about this yet.
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