Re: Does java.util.Date.clone() return a new object?

Lothar Kimmeringer <>
Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:22:00 +0100
Dave Searles wrote:

Marcin Rze?nicki wrote:

    public Object clone() {
        Date d = null;
        try {
            d = (Date)super.clone();
        if (cdate != null) {
        d.cdate = (BaseCalendar.Date) cdate.clone();
        } catch (CloneNotSupportedException e) {} // Won't happen
        return d;

Eeeuw. I knew java.util.Date was fucked up, but I never realized it was
*this* bad.

Shouldn't there at least be an assert false; in the catch block, if not
a throw new Error(); or something?

Why? BaseCalender.Date is Clonable and cdate is created on
demand, if not already set. In addition to that the JDK is
covered by testcases and I'd wonder if there isn't one for
the cloning of Date.

Just in case it ever DOES happen
despite the programmer being sure that it cannot.

So you prefer, that e.g. a server-application is coming to
a grinding halt instead of keep on running?

Regards, Lothar
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