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From Patrick Calahan <>
Subject JAM: Java API for Metadata
Date Sat, 27 Mar 2004 03:23:52 GMT
Hello everyone.  I am a committer on Xml-Beans, another project currently 
in the Apache Incubator.  As part of my work there, I have developed an API 
for representing Java types and their associated metadata which I believe 
would be of general use to the community.

The API is called 'JAM' - the Java API for Metadata.  On the surface, it 
looks quite a bit like Reflection or the Doclet API, but it affords a 
greater level of flexibility and convenience, and in particular provides 
solutions for a number of thorny problems posed by JSR175.

I have had a few discussions with some folks on about possibly spinning JAM up as an 
independent project from xbeans.  It was suggested that it would be useful 
to test the waters in some other projects such as Geronimo to see if JAM 
would indeed be generally useful.  So, here I am testing. :)

Anyway, if you want more gory details, I have temporarily posted some white 
papers and the API docs here:

Any feedback is more than welcome.



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