Java annotations – little disappointment

I must say I’m little disappointed with Java annotations. There are no way to introduce dependencies between annotation parameters. This way you loose part of static error code checking on compilation. Example?

Let’s create annotation that generate some field in class. What you might want to do is to declare some interface for reference type and some implementation type to be assigned. But there is no way to make one type dependant on another, so user of your annotation may declare reference as List and implementation as HashMap. There is nothing you can do about it.

If only we had some generics there.


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