Modules vs. Packages
neal at gafter.com
Thu Feb 5 02:48:00 EST 2009
On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 10:25 PM, Paul Benedict <pbenedict at apache.org> wrote:
> Joshua Bloch wrote in his latest "Effective Java" book that
> annotations, when first introduced, missed an opportunity to use the
> NAME:VALUE notation precedent. If that decision was made, it would be
> easy enough to expand the language for default parameter values too.
When I first designed the syntax for annotations, I used a colon instead of
an equals sign for this reason. Josh changed it to the equals sign,
insisting that Java will never have named parameters. Given that it's too
late to go back to my original design, his change of heart is little
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