Subject: Re: Warning about single underscore identifier

Yes, we are "reclaiming" the syntactic real estate of "_" from the space of
identifiers for use in future language features. However, because there are
existing programs that might use it, it is a warning for identifiers that occur
in existing syntactic positions for 8, and an error for lambda formals (since
there is no existing code with lambdas.)

Your suspicion is mostly right, except that we are certainly NOT going to do
Scala's "wunderbar". However, things it might be used for include things like
"I don't want to give this variable a name" (such as catch parameters that are
never used.)

On Jul 29, 2013, at 6:59 AM, Roel Spilker wrote:

> Hi all,
> If I compile a java program containing an identifier consisting of just a
> single underscore using the java 8 compiler, I get the following warning:
> warning: '_' used as an identifier
> (use of '_' as an identifier might not be supported in releases after Java
> SE 8)
> I suspect this is to allow for scalaesc parameters in lambdas.
> Can someone confirm my suspicion? Is this still relevant or is this a
> left-over from an early design? Is there a valid reason to not support '_'
> for all identifiers, or can it be only restricted for identifiers inside
> lambdas, and therefore guaranteed new code, to maintain backwards source
> compatibility.
> Roel


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