Monday, January 16, 2012

(archtect IV) what I wish java to have

-- big wishes --
* deadlock -- extremely hard to avoid, detect, or resolve. (consider thread dump.)
* programmatic class creation; runtime class creation.
* memory leak -- hard to detect
* easier tools for byte code engineering
* easier reflection -- Look at dynamic scripting languages
* easier performance profiling to help compare against C++ code
* NullPointerException -- too many of these are thrown in production systems and can take hours of wild goose chase. Developers must be very very thorough, and adopt a lot of defensive coding habits. Java won't help you.
* immutable objects -- String is great but we need more and easier immutables
--small wishes
* simpler getter/setter -- look at C# properties
* Bags as collections.
* serialization -- is a bit murky. I feel this is an important area neglected by many developers, perhaps because it's murky. Perhaps java can support a special debug-serialization so we can see what it does to a complicated object graph
* checked exception -- is a mistake in many developers' opinion. Narrow the scope of this construct.

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