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Java Metadata Facility

  • David J. Buttler
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7993-3_910-2



The Java Metadata Facility is introduced by Java Specification Request (JSR) 175 [1], and incorporated into the Java language specification [2] in version 1.5 of the language. The specification allows annotations on Java program elements: classes, interfaces, methods, and fields. Annotations give programmers a uniform way to add metadata to program elements that can be used by code checkers, code generators, or other compile-time or runtime components.

Annotations are defined by annotation types. These are defined the same way as interfaces, but with the symbol “@”; preceding the “interface” keyword. There are additional restrictions on defining annotation types:
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    They cannot be generic.

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    They cannot extend other annotation types or interfaces.

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    Methods cannot have any parameters.

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    Methods cannot have type parameters.

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    Methods cannot throw exceptions.

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    The return type of methods of an annotation...

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    Coward D. JSR 175: a metadata facility for the Java™ Programming Language, 2004. http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=175
  2. 2.
    Gosling J, Joy B, Steele G, Bracha G. The Java™ language specification. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall; 2005.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Jeusfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.IITUniversity of SkövdeSkövdeSweden