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From "Stephen Colebourne" <scolebou...@btopenworld.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] (3b) XxxUtilsConstructors last chance
Date Wed, 21 Aug 2002 23:30:27 GMT
Amended as requested by Daniel.
> This discussion has gone on for days. This is my last attempt at a
decision.
> As such I am placing what is in _my_ judgement the only option likely to
be
> compromised on.
>
> No compromise = no change = private
>
> "Static utility classes should have public constructors with the class
declared final"
> [  ] +1  I agree
> [  ] +0  I can accept this
> [  ] -0  I don't like it, but won't block it
> [  ] -1 I disagree
>
> If the vote passes, [collections], [lang], [io] and [pattern] are
affected.
> However it is up to the projects as to their approach to implementation.
> This is a vote in principle.
>
>
> Background (if you got bored by the threads)
> - A static utility class has only static methods and fields
> - Certain tools need instances of static utility classes
> - These classes are not intended to be used as beans, hence private
> constructors
> - The compromise gives public constructors to satisfy the bean based tools
> and final to keep the utilities from being abused by subclassing
>
> Stephen



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