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How to deal with {conservative, intractable, annoying} APIs

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Have you ever been fighting with an, at least for your current purpose, inflexible API? I picked up one of the trickier scenarios – calling super( … ) with parameters. Sometimes there will be APIs defining constructors that force to be called with instances of Objects. So far so good, but what if the handled parameter is stored private inside ...

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The depths of Java: API leak exposed through covariance

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Java can be very tricky some times, especially in API design. Let’s have a look at a very interesting showcase. jOOQ strongly separates API from implementation. All API is in the org.jooq package, and public. Most implementation is in the org.jooq.impl package and package-private. Only factories and some dedicated base implementations are public. This allows for very powerful package-level encapsulation, ...

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