Another reflection bug; compatibility results
gback at cs.utah.edu
Thu Jun 15 08:44:22 PDT 2000
> Godmar Back wrote:
> > Have you tried calling 1.2's Class.forName(,false,) and then
> > using getField().getValue() on a final static field?
> > Does doing this invoke <clinit>?
> I need to be able to run on 1.1...
In 1.1 w/ reflection, you're obviously out of luck since
Class.forName will call <clinit>
> This is a fairly specific situation that is probably extremely rare. My
> program attempts to print out a description of the public API of a class
> in a machine-readable format that can then be compared to other such
> descriptions. Compile-time constants are part of the public API, other
> fields' values (even public static final ones) are not. Reflection
> doesn't let me distinguish between the two cases.
Whether or not something is a compile-time constant or not is of no
For instance, a class may define a public static final int K = 5;
A compiler is free to inline the 5 where it sees K, but not required to do so.
The compiler may as well produce a getfield instruction.
To my knowledge, even though static final constants are part of the
public API, their values are not given by Sun and so they have to be
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