JDK-8009267 : Restore isAnnotationPresent methods in public AnnotatedElement implementations
  • Type: Enhancement
  • Component: core-libs
  • Sub-Component: java.lang:reflect
  • Priority: P4
  • Status: Closed
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: generic
  • CPU: generic
  • Submitted: 2013-03-01
  • Updated: 2017-05-17
  • Resolved: 2013-03-05
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The change in JDK-8007113 made AnnotatedElement.isDefaultMethod a default method. This allowed numerous concrete implementation of the same logic to be removed. However, with the current behavior of javac in JDK 8 under sources levels before 8, this has de facto side effect of removing isAnnotationPresent from classes that implemented it in JDK 5/6/7, potentially causing compatibility issues for parties doing cross compiles *without* setting the bootclasspath as recommend.  See


for one example.
See core-libs thread: http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2013-March/014918.html