Lew <>
Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:16:44 -0800 (PST)
Arne Vajh=F8j wrote:

Lew wrote:

Arne Vajh=EF=BF=BDj wrote:

Maybe I am the only one in the known universe that don't know.


But let us say we have:


X a = new X(aa);
X b = new X(bb);
void test(X a,X b) {
How should the annotation look like, how should it be put on and
how do I get it in test?


I don't understand your question "How do I get it in test?"

How do I inside the test method retrieve the different
annotations on a an b?

I know how to put an annotation on the type X that I can get in
test. But that is the same for both a and b. Roedy needs a
different annotation (value).

I don't think I have ever seen that done with instances.


Take a look at JPA:


private String lastName;

private String firstName;

Is that not annotating a field? And annotations can annotate a local var=

iable, too.

It's not annotating 'String'.

Is that not what you wanted?

Not unless one can call a method with firstName and lastName and
inside that method retrieve the two column names.

You retrieve annotations via reflection, but that is neither relevant to wh=
at I was answering
nor something you normally want to do.

I was answering your assertions that annotations only apply to a type. That=
's just wrong.
Clearly you can annotate fields, local variables, constructors, methods, ..=

Annotations are METAprogramming. They're handled outside the code that is a=
nnotated. By other code.

You don't retrieve the annotations inside the method. You get other behavio=
r, like automagically
having a connection to the correct table element. SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO=
That's the whole point of having the annotation. If you want to retrieve th=
e value, don't use annotations.

Or with @NonNull you might get compiler-time explosion over a possibility t=
hat the variable could be
null, or a runtime error if it is without having to explicitly code for it.=
 Again, the point is you do the
annotation so the code inside the method doesn't have to deal with it.

Use annotations correctly and your question vanishes. Your assertion that a=
nnotations only apply to
types is already wrong.


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