Re: Idiom for forcing class loading?

Tom Anderson <>
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 21:03:39 +0000
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On Wed, 18 Nov 2009, Alessio Stalla wrote:

On 18 Nov, 20:06, Tom Anderson <> wrote:

What's really happening is more like this:

class FooMangler implements Mangler {
? ? ? ? static {
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ManglerRegistry.register("foo", FooMangler.class);
? ? ? ? }


If you have control on the source code of the mangler, I would do like

class FooMangler implements Mangler {
  public static void autoregister() {}

and to initialize it, FooMangler.autoregister();

We have indeed done it like that in similar situations. I can't remember
why we didn't do it like that here - i think someone didn't like the idea
of having a method which 'did nothing'. I'll mention this to my colleagues
when we next pass by this bit of code.


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