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From "Sebb (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COLLECTIONS-519) private constructors in utility classes break existing code
Date Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:32:15 GMT

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Sebb commented on COLLECTIONS-519:
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Sorry, but I still don't follow - AFAICT it's not possible to hide base class static methods.

Can you provide a simple example?

> private constructors in utility classes break existing code
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COLLECTIONS-519
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COLLECTIONS-519
>             Project: Commons Collections
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 4.x
>            Reporter: Radoslav Paskalev
>
> Hello,
> In collections version 4.x all utility classes (example ListUtils, MapUtils, PredicateUtils....)
have private constructors. I consider this to be a serious bug, as it breaks any possibility
the classes to be extended by the users.  The javadoc says that constructors are private in
order to prevent class instantiation but this object instantiation is not really problem and
i think it is more important to allow classes to be extended. The possibility to extend utility
classes was one of the major selling points of commons.lang and commons.collections projects.
In the latest commons.lang project the utility classes still have public constructors.
> Best Regards



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