Tuesday Nov 01, 2011

Testing overload resolution

Overload resolution is one of the most convoluted corners of the Java programming language. Therefore it is crucial for any compiler implementation to provide enough test coverage in this area, in order to make sure that the JLS twists and turns are properly implemented. Unfortunately, as we shall see later, testing overload resolution is anything but straightforward. In this post we provide an overview of how overload resolution testing is achieved in the javac compiler.
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Maurizio Cimadamore is a member of the langtools team based in Santa Clara, CA. His efforts are mainly focused on the type-system area of the Java compiler.

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