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From Jason Dillon <>
Subject Re: Coding standards: import thing.* or thing.Class?
Date Thu, 14 Aug 2003 07:00:54 GMT
> A bunch of people have said they've preferred to use the import 
> fully.qualified.ClassName approach. I don't see that there is a 
> problem with having fully qualified references in the code for a 
> single use of a class (like an implementation of a class name); 
> however, your class will then 'depend' on that implementation.

Agreed.  I think the general rule is just to avoid glob imports, then 
leave the usage of FQCNs up to the discretion of the developer.  Oh, 
but I would suggest that FQCNs if used be minimized.  I have seen some 
people (and IDEs) which like to code everything with FQCNs and that is 
just an ugly, ugly mess to deal with.

I do not agree that we should have any concrete rules on how to sort 
imports though.  I would like to see imports grouped, but I do not 
really care that they are alphabetical or whatever.  Furthermore I do 
not want to spend time alphabetizing my imports or performing other 
such superfluous code alterations.


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