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From "Stephen Colebourne" <>
Subject Re: [lang] MethodUtils
Date Sat, 02 Nov 2002 13:41:04 GMT
From: "robert burrell donkin" <>
> i don't want to support two implementations. i want to create a correct
> implementation in lang that can be used by beanutils and digester. then i
> can deprecate the MethodUtils in beanutils and leave it to rot.

> my main issue with the current MethodUtils API is that it not precise in
> it's definition of expected behaviour. the API does not say 'this methods
> finds conforms to the JLS spec'. since these methods can be called
> directly (rather than just as part of beanutils or digester where the
> required behaviour is clear), this lack precision means that people may
> rely on these features. therefore changing the algorithm might break their
> code.

The comments in [lang] MethodUtils etc. should be tightened. We offer the
equivalent of:
 getMethod() accessible
 getDeclaredMethod() accessible
 getMethod() ignoring scope
 getDeclaredMethod() ignoring scope

The first two should follow the JLS spec. The last two we get to define what


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