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From Knut Anders Hatlen <Knut.Hat...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: [jira] Updated: (DERBY-1146) Verify that JDBC4 signatures satisfied
Date Tue, 28 Mar 2006 12:46:42 GMT
Andreas Korneliussen <Andreas.Korneliussen@Sun.COM> writes:

> This is very interesting.
> However, isn't it the job of the compiler to figure out that the
> signatures of an interface has been implemented ?
> I did the following change to EmbedResultSet40:
> I added "implements java.sql.ResultSet" in the class definition. The
> compilation then failed with:
>      [javac]
>      /home/ak136785/devel/derbydev/trunk/java/engine/org/apache/derby/impl/jdbc/EmbedResultSet40.java:33:
>      org.apache.derby.impl.jdbc.EmbedResultSet40 is not abstract and
>      does not override abstract method
>      updateNCharacterStream(java.lang.String,java.io.Reader,int) in
>      java.sql.ResultSet
> .. + warnings
> The base class of EmbedResultSet40 also claims that it implements
> java.sql.ResultSet, however it is compiled against a previous jre
> version which does not have the new methods.  By declaring that the
> EmbedResultSet40 class implements java.sql.ResultSet, I make the
> compiler check that the class implements the interface when compiling
> it with the 1.6 jre.

Yes, I have observed this too, and I agree that it is the job of the
compiler to check this. However, I think there are some good reasons
for having a test as well:

  1) Relying on the developers to include "implements java.sql.(...)"
     in the subclasses is error-prone since the compiler doesn't
     complain if it's missing.

  2) There might be cases where we don't have a separate 4.0 class,
     either because it's forgotten or because the new JDBC 4.0 methods
     could be compiled with older JDKs.

  3) Writing the test was a lot more fun than going through all
     classes and adding "implements foo"! :)

> I think it would be good for all EmbedXXX40 to declare which interface
> they are supposed to implement, and then the compiler will make sure
> that all signatures are satisfied.


It might be a good idea, but it might also just give us a false sense
of security. For EmbedResultSet40 this would expose the errors, but it
wouldn't help us to find that something is missing in EmbedClob.

> Also, I think this also indicates that we should consider using
> delegation instead of inheritance for code reuse.


Knut Anders

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