Re: abstract static methods (again)

Eric Sosman <>
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:28:45 -0400
Daniel Pitts wrote:

Eric Sosman wrote:

Tomas Mikula wrote:

1. serialization frameworks. It is already required that a
Serializable class has a no-arg constructor. But this is not required
at compile time.

    You've said this a couple times, but are you sure it's true?
This class (with no no-arg constructor) appears to serialize and
deserialize just fine:

Only the non-Serializable Base of a Serializable class requires a
no-args constructor: [...]

     Right. Which means that if an interface could mandate a specific
constructor for its implementing classes, this capability would not
solve Serializable's problem at all: It's not the Serializable class
that needs the special constructor, but a superclass that *doesn't*
implement Serializable. If we get to the point where an interface
can impose requirements on the classes that *don't* implement it, I
think we've achieved absurdity ;-)

     There may yet be a reasonable use case for letting an interface
or abstract class require specified constructor signatures of the
implementing subclasses, but Serializable isn't it. The others I've
seen mentioned in this thread don't seem compelling -- but, as I've
also said in this thread, my experience with such things is slight.
I'm still willing to be convinced; I'm just not convinced yet.


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