Re: Using sun javac to parse java source

Lew <>
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:20:07 -0700 (PDT)
Arne Vajh=F8j wrote:

Lew wrote:

Arne Vajh=F8j wrote:

Alex J wrote:

I'm curious whether it is possible to use JavacParser -
- built-in to OpenJDK to parse standalone java files (though claimed
to be "internal use only API"). I googled but I've found no answers.

Java 1.6 and newer contains a supported callable Java compiler.

Use that.


Java 5 and older are obsolete, so that settles that.


If you only want to syntax check you will need to discard the
generated byte code in case of success, but that is easy.

The API is a bit complex many would say over engineered, but
it works fine.

It pays to know the API.


Sure, but it is still a complex API.

Yes, it is. That isn't a reason not to know it, if you need that functiona=

Pardon my confusion, but aren't we both recommending the same API? Are you=
 suggesting that they not know this API now?

Perhaps you misunderstand me to suggest that by "know the API" I do not mea=
n to study the finer points of how to use it?

Could anyone infer that by pointing to the first step on the road to knowle=
dge that I mean they should sit on the curb at the beginning and go no furt=

Or perhaps you believe that after pointing the OP to the beginning of that =
journey I should do all the research for them, and Google on their behalf f=
or all the further reading that they should do, or even read it for them an=
d feed it predigested to them like a mommy-bird feeding her pre-fledgling b=

I see nothing in my earlier post to suggest that it is not a complex API, o=
r that they should stop at the first indicated signpost.

The value of the link to the API is that it shows some basic information, a=
nd given a certain level of programming experience or commitment or both it=
 can lead them into study and experimentation that will solve their problem=
.. It indicates that the API is, indeed, standard, and gives hope that ther=
e is a solution. There has been no assertion that competence with the API =
ends with reading the Javadocs.


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