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   Re: SAX2: DTDDeclHandler (minimalist position)

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 21:45:31 -0500 (EST)

roddey@us.ibm.com writes:

[on using type-safe objects rather than integers as Java constants]

 > It does no good at all to have a named constant if you can
 > accidentally pass that named constant to 150 other things for which
 > its not intended and the compiler cannot catch it. Its a
 > fundamental lacking in Java that makes me shudder to think that
 > people actually want to do serious work in it.

Yes, but it's also no good having a named constant that you cannot use
in a switch statement.  Unfortunately, Java is broken here, and you
have to choose one side or another

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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